Selective availability in instant messaging can improve connectiveness while at the same time keeping disruption low. In this paper we report on an experience sampling study of selective availability in instant messaging to inform the design of lightweight mechanisms with little user effort. Author Keywords
Instant Messaging IM has been around for some time now but started off with people placing their notes and messages on bulletin boards and other online services. Features of IM are Instant messages Send notes back and forth with a friend Chat Create your own chat room with friends or co workers Web links Share links to your favorite Web sites Images Look at an image stored on your friend s computer Sounds Play sounds for your friends Files Share files by sending them directly to your friends Talk Use the Internet instead of a phone to actually talk with friends Streaming content Real time or near real time stock quotes and news (http //www.howstuffworks.com/instant messaging.htm) Retrieved January 16 2007 It really kicked off in 1996 when Jewish programmers introduced ICQ. It was one of the first successful IM programs. After that AOL came out with AIM instant messenger. It is messaging in real time and messages are sent trough internet to any computer you desire. When text messaging started you were able to see message getting typed in real time. If you needed to make corrections in the text the other party is able to see what you are doing. Now days the only messages you see is the ones that are sent whenever the typist is done writing. There are many popular IM services like MSN messenger Meetro Skype Yahoo messenger Gadu Gadu and Google Talk are just some of them. Now days most popular one is MSN messenger. One of the most important is considered a very safe way to communicate. You still shouldn’t share important or personal information through IM. . It was one of the first successful IM programs. After that AOL launched AIM instant messenger. It is messaging in real time and messages are sent trough internet to any computer you desire. When text messaging started you were able to see message getting typed in real time. If you needed to make corrections in the text the other party is able to see what you are doing. Now days the only messages you see is the ones that are sent whenever the typist is done writing. There are many popular IM services like MSN messenger Meetro Skype Yahoo messenger Gadu Gadu and Google Talk are just some of them. Now days most popular one is MSN messenger. One of the most important is considered a very safe way to communicate. You still shouldn’t share important or personal information through IM. Downside of Instant Messaging Instant messages create disruptions to work and studying. Many people mostly young kids and young adults use instant messenger. The most frequent users are those who play online video games or spend hours surfing the net (http //www.personal.psu.edu/zev100/IM.pdf). Instead of concentrating on a homework assignment or contributing productively at work people are spending their time instant messaging. This creates a generation that could become lazy due to low concentration levels. Not only does instant messaging create a lazy generation it also contributes to a decreased awareness of spelling and grammar (http //www.personal.psu.edu/zev100/IM.pdf). Instant messengers have created their own type of language made up of acronyms and abbreviations that they loose the smart vocabulary that people use in conversation. Instant messaging also reduces face to face communication which teaches people how to communicate with body language and facial expressions which is an integral part of communication (http //www.personal.psu.edu/zev100/IM.pdf). A statement can be interpreted in the wrong way therefore offending the receiver. Lastly instant messaging allows an open forum for children and people to chat with strangers that could be dangerous. Personal information can be obtained by online chats that could be harmful if in the hands of the wrong person. Nowadays we drop the use of the telephone to talk to someone and fire up the computer and use Instant Messaging to talk to our family friends Co Workers etc. Instant messaging is easy to use and is free to download. Some of them include AIM Windows Live or Yahoo. Instant Messaging is the long form of using Twitter. With an Instant message you type your thoughts into a box on the screen and it sends your comments over the World Wide Web to the recipients on the other end who is on your buddy list. Some of the features of Instant Messaging include sending Emoticons different sounds emotions colors fonts and backgrounds. As long as you are not writing your ideas in all capital letters you’re talking in a polite voice. On the other hand if you are mad at someone then go right ahead and type it all in capitals which means you is shouting at the person. More of today’s applications such as Twitter Facebook and MySpace are merging their friend lists straight into your favorite instant messengers. For several individuals like myself who use a screen reader I love having all of my social networking sites combined into one application where the screen reader is able to pick up the entire conversation to and from the recipient instead of being on the site and picking up half of the conversation.
With an increasing number of people, especially adolescents, using more private online platforms, such as WhatsApp, for news, an important question for democracy is whether such platforms can facilitate learning about politics and current events. In this study, we examine adolescents' affective (emotions, feelings), behavioral (actions and behavioral intentions), and cognitive (political knowledge) responses to interpersonal political discussion on WhatsApp. We conducted a preregistered field experiment at six secondary schools in the Netherlands ( N = 230). We assigned respondents with strong ties to a WhatsApp group. For seven days, respondents received a link to an online political news item on a daily basis; and (1) either had to read or (2) read and discuss it. The results indicate that interpersonal discussion evokes stronger positive emotions and feelings, as well as issue-specific knowledge. In addition, elaboration on the content of political discussion was positively related to issue-specific knowledge. In this way, instant messaging apps may serve as a resource for engaging adolescents with politics and current events.
Robert ist ein ganz normaler Teenager: Er gehört zu denjenigen, die 15 Stunden am Tag an ihrem Smartphone kleben. Es wird gesnapt, geliked und getweetet, online eingekauft und in einem Shopping-Haul darüber berichtet. Wer bei solchen Begriffen im Dunkeln tappt ist bei "What's App, Mama" an der richtigen Adresse. In seinem Buch nimmt der 16-jährige Autor die Leser mit auf eine Entdeckungsreise in die Welt der Digital Natives. So nennt man nämlich die Jugendlichen von heute, die in die digitale Welt hineingeboren wurden und deren Alltag von der sich rasend schnell entwickelnden Technik bestimmt ist. - Gekonnt berichtet der Experte über Themen wie Social Media, Youtube und andere Kanäle, vergisst dabei aber nicht, auch die Kehrseite der Medaille zu betrachten. Denn auch Mobbing, Sucht, Gewalt und Pornographie sind Themen, die unbedingt angesprochen werden müssen. Ein informatives Buch für Eltern oder andere Interessierte, das auch ein bisschen die Angst vor der digitalen Welt nimmt… (Stiftung Lesen, Mediendatenbank) . - Alter ab ca. 14 Jahre
Abstract. We present our work on emotionally expressive avatars, animated virtual characters that can express emotions via facial expressions. Because these avatars are highly distinctive and easily recognizable, they may be used in a range of applications. In the first part of the paper we present their use in computer mediated communication where two or more people meet in virtual space, each represented by an avatar. Study results suggest that social interaction behavior from the real-world is readily transferred to the virtual world. Empathy is identified as a key component for creating a more enjoyable experience and greater harmony between users. In the second part of the paper we discuss the use of avatars as an assistive, educational and therapeutic technology for people with autism. Based on the results of a preliminary study, we provide pointers regarding how people with autism may overcome some of the limitations that characterize their condition.