Is SMS the New Email?

May 6, 2008 by Garrett Smith

I just had a thought.

Is SMS the new email?

I mean this in both a positive and negative light.

Admittedly I am a huge SMS user and I USED to be a big email user. Why am I no longer a big email users?

Because the more I used it, the more emails I got and the harder it became to manage.

This morning I awoke to six text messages from friends overnight. Today, between 8am and noon, I received ten. I haven’t responded to any of them yet, just like most of the email is received today.

So with all of the buzz about the “mobile future” it is only a matter of time before SMS will become just like email – spammy, auto-generated, impersonal and overwhelming?

At least SMS was useful for a few years (and hopefully a few more)…


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