According to recent reports in the media, students have taken to social media in their droves to interact with their lecturers and greater college community, leaving e-mail dragging behind...

Students are reportedly not using their e-mail anymore to communicate in university, according to recent reports in the media. Instead, they are turning to social media to interact with lecturers and other college organisations.

In an interview with The Times, Professor Sir Steve Smith, the vice-chancellor of Exeter University detailed how students were taking to Twitter instead of waiting for responses to e-mail.

“There is no point in emailing students any more…” He added: “Students will tweet for help if something has gone wrong, or a prospective student will tweet a question about the requirements for a course and expect an immediate response.”

Indeed, in one of our recent O2 connectivity surveys, Campus.ie found that the students we tested in Trinity College Dublin only checked their e-mails 4 times a day, in contrast to the lecturers who checked their e-mails 17 times a day.

It now seems a lot more commonplace for students to instead interact with lecturers on Twitter rather than e-mail for certain issues.

What do our readers think, has e-mail in university been killed off by social media or is this somehting that seems to be happening only in the UK?