The other day I was over at GH's Grammy's house, where one of GH's cousins and the cousin's friend also were. Both guys just graduated from high school and were talking about their plans for the fall. One of the topics that came up was how they would stay in touch with their friends. GH's Grammy asked, since the two would be attending schools in different states, if they would be emailing each other.
Friend: Nah, I would never email [Cousin]. He never checks his and he never writes back.
Cousin: That's true.
Friend: I don't really email anyone anymore because nobody really uses it. Just, like, my mom and her friends. I will email them. But for everybody else, they never check it and it could take days to get an answer. It's a lot easier just to text or get on Facebook.
Me: That's so funny. When I showed up for my freshman year of BYU they gave me an email address and that was such a big deal. I never had an email address before that because we didn't have the Internet at my house and neither did most of my friends.
They nodded politely at me, as you do for the old and feeble.
Me: So it sounds like, for you, email has now become the equivalent of what writing letters and sending them through the actual mail was for me when I went to college.
Cousin: Yeah, kind of.
And then I took them outside to show them my buggy. And my cotton gin.
Except now that I think about it, I don't use email as much anymore either, and maybe neither do the friends that I would normally email. Maybe it's that we have started liking the instant gratification of Facebook, or maybe when we sit down at the computer we are too busy looking at Pinterest or whatever. (Oh look, so-and-so just pinned something about moving checklists. I can assume from this that that she is 1) alive, and 2) moving. Good to know.) Or maybe we have gotten too lazy (or maybe efficient?) to sit down and type out whole entire emails that will just be read by only one person, because that is probably wasteful.
Anybody else have any thoughts about the ever-changing world in which we live in, as Sir Paul would say (ungrammatically?)