For the primary task, participants were required to read a passage that varied in difficulty, and the secondary task was to communicate with two confederates through instant messages
. Participants were randomly assigned to either the instant messaging condition or a control group (i.e., no-IM condition).
(2003) 'Instant message
shortcuts creep into homework.' Florida Times Union.
Kirksville High School Principal Patrick Williams says the instant messages
saves valuable time.
The Presidential Records Act requires White House documents to become public five years after a president leaves office, and most lawyers think it would apply to any instant messages
discussing government business, Politico reports.
Both instant messages
and e-mail messages can help smooth things over after a fight, says Nora Gross, 17, of New York City, who says that electronic communications have helped strengthen her relationship with her father.
Currently, Yahoo Messenger users can only instant message
other Yahoo Messenger users.
Although the move is a big step towards instant message
inter-operability some businesses are still unsure about the instant messenger services in general due to the scope for abuse, reports Reuters.
A separate forecast from Deloitte suggested that the number of instant messages
sent globally in 2014 will be double the volume of SMS messages.
About 50billion instant messages
are expected to be dispatched - compared with 21billion text.
Microsoft and Google cut off the use of instant messages
by citizens of Iran, Syria, Cuba and Sudan, saying U.S.
The participants were asked to save their instant messages
for a week.
The service allows subscribers to exchange instant messages
between Etisalat mobile phones, and between phones and personal computers.