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Is email becoming obsolete?

Email is slowly losing its place as our main avenue of online communication:

Checking e-mail has long been considered the primary pastime of the online user. However, if data from Nielsen is to be believed, that’s no longer the case. The firm found that on average, about 23 percent of our online time is spent on social networking sites, versus 8.3 percent on email.

This was a much wider spread than last year, when it was 15.8 and 11.5 percent respectively. The changes could be explained by the fact that social networking sites are the primary method of communication between friends these days, which makes sending an e-mail much less necessary.

First, we stopped hand-writing letters because of email.  Now, not even email provides enough instantaneous self-gratification for our time-obsessed society.

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