p>While many of us out there are annoyed by the pop of icons and sound, others (myself included) adore this easy and direct method of exchange. But how effective is this form of communication? The New York Times recently featured an interesting article on the benefits of instant messaging.
- Instant messaging means an increase in conversations but a decrease in the time spent in them.
- Even those who claim to dislike IMing use it.
- It is found to be most useful in answering short and pointed questions when a phone call or even email would prove disproportionately time-consuming.
- The ability to flag your availability or postpone responses is also incredibly convenient and a unique function to the IM.
So for all of my readers out there (all five of you), what is your take on instant messages? How often do you use them, if at all?