Is the calendar dead and buried?

The calendar has taken many forms since mobile devices hit popular culture in the last two decades. But have students forgotten the values of keeping on track and up to date?
Written by Zack Whittaker, Contributor

Sometimes it takes a good knock on the head to see certain things that have been staring you in the face for days, weeks, months or even years.

Do you know how I remember to get things done? Honestly, I write things on my left hand in pen, usually for short-term memory such as picking up milk, cat food and suchlike. But, more often than not my BlackBerry buzzes and alerts me to an imminent house party or a meeting I totally forgot about.

But it's not through my own efforts to remember to attend an event by inputting manually the time, date and place into my phone's calendar. Facebook does it for me, as does Outlook and other services that I use; all over the air and sync'd automatically to remind me to be somewhere and do something (and on occasion, be someone else).


With social networks being widely populated and capitalised with events and the broad access to such through mobile device applications, events along with contacts, email and media are being pushed over the air.

Though, only a few moments ago when speaking to a press relations person, only just out of university herself, she carries a physical calendar with her as though to write something down commits it to memory. Many others though, including myself do not, thus resorting to our phones and electronic calendars to tell us where to go and what to do.

The calendar seems to be a thing of the past for the current generation of students. Yet important as it is to maintain a schedule and planning for future events, to input and maintain a calendar on the go just isn't seen all that often nowadays, with the occasional exception of very few.

Has the mobile calendar been long forgotten by today's students?

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