Boomers Prefer Email Over Instant Messaging — 8 Comments

  1. Don’t know about netiquette, but I tend to just ignore them, pretending I’m away from my computer. Or, I guess most IM systems have things where you can make yourself “invisible”.

    Me, I just never turn it on. Don’t call me, I’ll call you.

  2. I have no kids or similar distractions, but I hate IM. I think I agree with Gretchen: I want to share my ideas when I want, and I don’t like being interruptedd. Besides, I like to take a bit of time to think about what I say. What I blurt out on the spur of the moment may not really represent what I think or want to say.

  3. Excellent point. And the major distinction between those of us who have a life (you) and those of us who don’t (me.)
    Kids on your mouse arm – I’ll be a lot could identify with that picture.

  4. I can’t stand IM. I like to “talk” with my online friends at my leisure, not have them pop up while I’m right in the middle of something and chat with me about nothing for an hour. Shit, that’s as bad as my kids bugging me all the time (they have all mastered the trick of hanging on my mouse arm to get my attention).

    So, for once, I fit the demographic.

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