Posted by: thebylog | August 11, 2006

Instant Messaging

I haven’t been IM’ing for that long, and though it has the potential to drive me to waste even more time on the computer, I have found it to be a good way to keep in touch with some of my friends.

The disconcerting thing about IM at times is that there are no non-verbal social cues to be picked up. In a way it’s like normal conversation, except you have no idea if the person is rolling his eyes waiting for you to shut up or breathlessly waiting for your next comment.

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  1. That’s why I generally type in things such as [rolls eyes] or [sigh] or use an occasional smiley, so that I can connote some of those parts of communication that’d normally be taken care of by inflection or body language. But your point is still entirely valid.


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