IM doesn't cost anything beyond the price of an Internet connection, so it becomes an alternative to paying long distance phone bills.
In addition, a user can have multiple IM windows open at the same time — effectively allowing two, five or ten private conversations to occur simultaneously.
See when your buddies log on and send them messages faster than the speed of email.
One-quarter (25%) of all teens have unfriended or blocked someone on social media because that person was flirting in a way that made them uncomfortable.
Just two decades ago, the technology was still the stuff of dreams for most folks. So it's not hard to understand the appeal of instant messaging to teenagers.
Uninitiated adults can read on to find out just what instant messaging is and how teenagers use it.
It covers the results of a national Pew Research Center survey of teens ages 13 to 17; throughout the report, the word “teens” refers to those in that age bracket, unless otherwise specified. Though 57% of teens have begun friendships in a digital space, teens are far less likely to have embarked on a romantic relationship that started online.
A majority of teens with dating experience (76%) say they have only dated people they met via offline methods.