Darth Wong wrote:
... E-mail allows properly written, well thought-out communications for various reasons (not least of which is the fact that you can take your time composing a reply), while IM clients are for idle, superficial chit-chat.
So perhaps the popularity of IM is due to the fact that a lot of people have opted for superficial chit-chat. Even BBSs are used this way more and more, judging by the fact that the (very brief, abbreviation-filled) post content is often difficult to find amongst the very busy (and large) avatars and signatures.
But being so old, I'm in awe of the personal importance of the instant communication revolution. Today I watched a young lady stand at a gas pump with her cell phone faithfully to her ear, despite the clear warnings on the pump that she was running a risk (however slight) of blowing up herself and those of us in her immediate vicinity. Now that's dedication.
We should talk less, and say more.