Sunday, January 04, 2004

r u using drugs? ;-)
Great story in yesterday's NYTimes on a new trend -- the rising popularity of instant messaging as a means of communication between parents and kids in the same house.

One might reasonably fear that solitary typing in front of a monitor would render real, face-to-face communication obsolete. But, interestingly enough, it turns out that instant messaging is facilitating communication on topics like sex and drugs that can be too touchy for many teens and parents to broach in person. A powerful example of how difficult it is to predict what will happen when human nature and technology mix.
-- New York Times

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