The other day I was irritated by the lack of response to an email I had sent a few days before to my 15 year old son. That night at dinner, I asked him why he hadn’t responded. His answer? “Mom, it’s not like I check email every day you know!”. That statement stopped me in my tracks. While I am a user of blogs, facebook, twitter, and text, I am also of a generation who couldn’t survive without email. I check it many times each day and couldn’t imagine going for long without it.
Curious, I asked him how best to reach him when I was at work and he was at home. His answers, in order of preference were:
- Text me (I always have my phone with me)
- IM me (it’s the first thing I do when I get home from school and it works when I am playing video games on TV too)
- Facebook me (yes Facebook is also a verb)
- Phone me (but not on my cell phone cause it costs me money)