Today's New York TImes features an article about students considering e-mail antiquated and not checking it, preferring texting and social media. The articles suggests that perhaps professors ought to adjust and start communicating with students via text instead of e-mail.
Texting is simply not a convenient way to receive – or to send, for that matter – professional communication, detailed documents, assignments as attachments, digitized readings, and anything that ought to be kept in an organized way for later consultation. And most students do not want to be connected with their professors on Facebook.
This is simply a case of students notcoming to university with a competency they will need in adult life. Professors need to help them adjust to the way professionals communicate, not pander to what is convenient to them for casual chatting.