"kids were interviewed saying that email is antiquated"
Same thing was said 10 years ago, but those teenagers then are now probably using Gmail today.
If email was past its time, Google would not be improving Gmail.
Many other new and improved email services exist today that have been designed to function well on phones. I like fastmail.fm.
Email is used for alerts and notifications, and in recent years, more websites are providing daily, weekly, or monthly email newsletters or digests.
I think http://mailchimp.com and other similar services are doing well.
Geeks are trying to reimagine email. They probably thought email was dead 10 years ago.
I recently redesigned one of my web publishing tools where a user never has to create nor remember a password to login. To login, only an email address is entered, and a link is sent that when clicked, the user will get logged in. Since I'm logged into an email account all the time anyway on both the phone and desktop/laptop, having a login link emailed is no big deal.
Internally, many companies probably still rely on email too much for functions like knowledge management and collaboration when other services exist that are better than email, but I don't see email disappearing soon.
Email is an easy to use and implement private social network. SMTP = simple mail transfer protocol.
BTW, kids change their minds often.
Over the past year, people began worrying about the future of Facebook because it was no longer cool among the kids, and the kids had moved on to services like Snapchat.
I'm not positive, but I think Facebook is doing okay.
What's antiquated to me is watching scheduled TV programming, except for the NFL.
I watch TV on my schedule via a Roku box, but more importantly, I don't watch much TV at all, less each year.
Talk about being a dinosaur in the television set world, that's us. Our TV set is from the mid 1990s. We have no cable, no satellite, no rabbit ears, no converter box.
We can only see what comes over the Internet or what's on DVD.
Two pieces of hardware that interest me zero are television sets and printers. No printer in our home.
At this point, my NFL viewing will done with a portable, digital TV with a seven-inch screen, assuming that I have over three hours to squander.
TV wastes time. It's too passive of an activity. TV news is too slow of a medium for providing info, compared to using the Internet over smartphones.
(yet another comment posted with an iPhone)