In a recent New York Times article on college students and technology, writer Courtney Rubin explores recent technology trends at the college level. In the piece, Rubin examines a growing plight for professors: students not checking their email and sometimes not even knowing they have a college email account.
In order to further investigate these tendencies, we left it to you—our Niche users—to give us feedback on current tech trends in college.
Preferred form of correspondence with instructors
- Sixty-nine percent of Niche users say that email is their preferred form of communication with professors.
Preferred email account
- Despite students in the NYT article reportedly not knowing they have a school email account, 68 percent of Niche users note that their school email is what they use the most.
Daily email check-ins
- Thirty-nine percent of Niche users reveal that they check their email 2 to 3 times a day.
Preferred device to check email
- According to the article, texting professors is becoming more prominent, and going along with this reliance on cell phones, 44 percent of Niche users state they check email via their phones.
Preferred form of communication with people
- Forty-two percent of Niche users report text messaging as the most common form of staying connected.
**Note: These percentages may fluctuate slightly with additional responses.
According to the article, one professor remarks that “E-mail is a sinkhole where knowledge goes to die.” While some students seem to believe this claim, it also looks like there’s still a group of students out there that rely on email rather than text messaging.