Remember Juno? I do. My very first email address EVER was email@example.com. I wore “Vans” and couldn’t think of anything else. I was the rip ole age of pimple popping 15 and the year was 1997. I should have stopped while I was ahead. The next month, we got a bill for $300.00 for my MSN Internet usage and I was grounded. Remember paying for the internet by the minute? That noise? Hoping for an AOL CD to come in the mail? I shall digress…
Since then, a whole lot has changed in the world and on the web. As a matter of fact, I used DogPile to search for my post images. Not really, but I checked and the search engine is still around. I wonder what their market share is now days?
Here is my question: Has Facebook become the new email?
In large part, email is primarily used by adults for communication. Have you ever tried to email a sophomore in high school? Yeah…you get what I’m saying. Like I reminisced before, email used to be cool for students too. Not anymore. MySpace? Old news. Facebook? Cool 4 years ago.
I’ve noticed that my personal/ministry Facebook usage is pretty geared towards staying connected with friends (my age 31), family (telling Aunt Martha no is a lot easier via Facebook), youth ministry volunteers and parents. Am I right? Sure, I still do the obligatory Birthday wishes to students and like photos, but I see a trend changing. Facebook is being taken over by adults and grandparents. Heck my mom got a Facebook at first to see what other people were doing. She didn’t want to comment, she just wanted to stalk. Haha.
As a result to all of this change, I believe Facebook has become the “must have” for any person regardless of age. However, I think students communicate with themselves through other means.
What do they use?
So if Facebook is becoming the new email, then how do we need to change our student communication? Do posting events, sending group messages, and status updates resonate with students or is it just another obligatory form of communication?
Let’s chew on this together. Thoughts?