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Lena Jenny, right, and Constance Linard text messaging with friends at Ms. Jennys home in Cupertino, CA.

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

Signs you’re an old fogey: You still watch movies on a VCR, listen to vinyl records and shoot photos on film.

And you enjoy using email.

Young people, of course, much prefer online chats and text messages. These have been on the rise for years but are now threatening to eclipse email, much as they have already superseded phone calls.

Major Internet companies like Facebook are responding with message services that are focused on immediate gratification.

From The New York Times
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