Could IM make you more productive?
ScienceDaily.com | Instant Messaging Proves Useful In Reducing Workplace Interruption | link
I may be unique in my stance concerning communication preferences but I completely agree with the premise of this study. IM and Email allow me to be more productive.
As a matter of fact allow me to take it one step further. Don’t call me. This sounds rude after 120 years of human conditioning that we have a responsibility to answer the phone when it rings but I truly loathe telephones. I much prefer to communicate over IM or email. There are notable exceptions, 1) Time sensitive or emergency situations 2)When I want to catch up with a friend and just talk. Otherwise I’d much rather pass information through a text format so that I can process, document, and respond in a thoughtful and measured manner. It is simply less disruptive and I can process 10 emails in the time that a normal phone conversation occurs.
It’s easy to love science you agree with.