The Week Long No Instant Messenger Experiment – Results
9-11-10: Initial release.
First of all, I want to take some time out and say that at the time of this post, this was made on September 11th. My heart and prayers goes out to all those who risked their lives to save our country, and I wish those families and friends the best.
So this past week I vowed to myself no IM. No instant messenger starting on Labor day, and all through the week through today, Saturday. What did I experience? How did it feel? What did I witness? Now its time for you to find out.
The first thing that was clearly evident was that the amount of random distractions decreased to zero. It was weird, I had newfound time and freedom. I could work on a blog post, or read something online, or work on a new tutorial concept, and I didn’t have a random Skype IM come up trying to get my attention.
Furthermore, it was no surprise I was able to rest easier, and get some rest. No longer did I have some random IM that might push me to midnight. I could actually do stuff that I wanted to do. No commitments to anyone but myself.
However, some people still needed to contact me. I got more emails this week alone than maybe the last 2 months combined! What is even more interesting about that is that the emails turned out to be straight to the point, and very succinct. There is no time for people to ramble, unless instant messengers when they can easily turn into tangent conversations. *groans*
Of course, my answers were straight to the point too, and if the email is left open from the respondent, I do not even bother to respond because email has a person. It is a way to send a message to someone where it does not require instant reply, and it can be viewed at any time. With instant messenging, once you send a message to the other participant, you are almost beckoning for an answer right now in real-time. To disregard the IM is not only rude, it can be downright disrespectful.
What will be the result of this experiment? Will I go back to my normal IM routine, or will I now consider taking more breaks? Too early to tell, but maybe a hybrid of sorts. We shall see.
Tomorrow I will go back onto Skype. Not sure what to expect. I know for a fact I will have lots of offline messages. Let’s see how many I get.
How about you? Do you use email, but prefer to use IM instead? Or maybe it is the other way around? Tell us about it!