I used instant messaging probably 6-8 hours a day, on and off. At any given time, I am usually chatting with 1-3 friends and my business partner about life, work, and the internet. I love using instant messaging because it allows me to stay in contact with my friends and colleagues without having to designate time to talk to them on the phone or even via text message.
Because of my extensive use of instant messaging, I have developed an awareness of annoying habits that people do during their online conversations. These include:
- Saying LOL all. the. time. I get it, sometimes saying LOL through IM is like saying “Um” or “like” during in-person conversations. But if I’m using IM in an office and my officemate says, “LOL”, I KNOW THEY DIDN’T LAUGH. And it really bugs me. I’m not that funny for you to be LOLing every 10 minutes. For myself, I only say LOL occasionally (usually when I smirk or chuckle) and I reserve LMAO and LMFAO for when I’m really yukking it up.
- Not answering my IMs in a timely manner. I know we’re all working while talking, but if I’m having a regular conversation with you, I would expect you to answer my question within a reasonable span of 15 minutes or so. In fact, if we have been talking regularly for the past 30-60 minutes, saying BRB when you leave would be appreciated. You wouldn’t just hang up the phone without saying “bye”, would you? Same premise.
- Correcting my typos. I type super fast, and I know when I make a typo. It’s just that I don’t really care. And I don’t need you reminding me that I should care.
- Initiating a conversation and then not responding again. I took the effort to say hi back, and then you abandon me? Rude.
These are just some of the ways that instant messaging can be super annoying. Even though these habits aren’t anything I would give up Digsby or Brosix for, I still think it’s my duty to remind everyone to cut it out.