Synchronous text-based approaches (e.g., online chat groups and instant messaging systems) are highly popular among online users generally owing to their ability to bring together special-interest groups from around the world without cost.
In distance education (DE), however, synchronous chat methods are less widely used, owing in part to the problems of arranging for working adults in different time zones to join a discussion group simultaneously.
Instant Messaging (IM) is a popular way for young people to communicate both on the computer and on the cell phone.
Includes stories from Slender Man, a fictional character that inspired two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls to stab and nearly kill a friend.IM code language allows for quick, precise communication.For example, rather than typing out the words, Just Kidding! This clipped chat code has facilitated the spread of IM messages from the computer to the cell phone and pager.A mixture of e-mail and pager, telephone and real-time chat, Instant Messaging has become the preferred form of communication for teens and tweens.Young people often find IM easier than talking face to face.