Instant Messaging: New Communication tool?

How has Instant Messaging affected/impacted our society? Today with our fast pace life-style we constantly have to be connected. Has this desire and need to constantly be tuned in changed us? Compared to the past when letter writing and having to wait weeks or months to connect with loved ones. Now, connecting with family and friends across the globe is a Skype call away. This article breaks down how this constant connection has affected our social skills and the way that we communicated. Long gone are the days of Shakespeare when it took and entire paragraph to bid we text cul8tr.

Quotes from the article that I will take into consideration for my research

“One might think of Instant Messenger as a new communicative tool because it blends two previously disparate elements of language: it is written communication with no time delay.”

“…however, the cost of modern conveniences such as these is the loss of personal contact with others. Nowadays, because of the wonders of technology, it is increasingly possible to filter all human interaction through a computer; one almost never has to come into contact with another person.”

“First, their observation that IM usage allows for the expansion and maintenance of social activity suggests that usage is in itself something of a social activity. Second, their reference to the abundance of expressive tools (emoticons, sounds with characteristic meanings, pictures, font manipulation, and personalized “skins”) indicates that IM usage adds one or more dimensions to the written medium – and that by doing so it transcends the written medium.”

cul8tr- lol- brb-lmao– “Abbrevs: A Shorthand Revolution Although instant messaging is arguably one of the best methods of communication, it does come with a few drawbacks – one of those being a possible deterioration of today’s Standard English.


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