Instant messaging first appeared in 1999 and allowed people to communicate instantly via computer using the Internet or a computer network. The limited speed and capability of the Internet meant that it was restricted to text. Once the technology and Internet advanced it then became possible to use video and sound as well.
Today’s society has a preference for sending messages via text instead of talking directly to people.
Often children will spend all night sending messages to people they have been at school with all day and mostly talking about nothing of importance.
While instant messaging may appear a cheap and easy way of communicating with people it is having an adverse effect on society. Texting removes emotion from a conversation making it impersonal. This can lead to people often saying things by text that they would not say in person and then unable to deal with the ramifications later in person. With physical emotions and body language removed from a conversation it can be difficult for people to comprehend if a person is joking or being sarcastic and misunderstand a conversation.
With children preferring to text and e-mail instead of communicating directly they fail to learn at an early age the skills required to communicate face to face with people and instead become withdrawn and reluctant to communicate with others directly.