Social networking sites more popular than email?

They are in Australia according to a report today: 

SOCIAL networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace are now more popular than personal email with Australians spending one in every 10 minutes online inside their “virtual homes”, research shows.

And it is not just young internet users who are behind the trend.

The biggest surge in social networking was among 35 to 49-year-olds, while almost a quarter of Facebook users were over the age of 50.

Nielsen Online’s Global Faces and Networked Places report, released yesterday, found the use of social networking and blogging sites in Australia jumped 4.9 per cent last year.

It would be interesting to see if there is a similar trend in New Zealand. Certainly from my own viewpoint I am communicating with most of my friends and family far more via Facebook than via email these days.