How to Chat Online Without Being a Jerk

Instant messaging is kind of a no-man's-land where etiquette is concerned, inhabited by tweens and people who type like them. And yet most of us must use it — often even for work. Let's take a look at how we can do so in a less dickish fashion. » 2/02/12 5:30pm 2/02/12 5:30pm

Instant-Messaging Your Mom Is No Substitute For Actually Calling Her

A new study has found something that may upset those who do a lot of their catching up with loved ones over the internet: a mom's voice is less reassuring when it comes over IM. » 1/05/12 6:30pm 1/05/12 6:30pm

The Great Emoticon Debate Rages On ;-)

Writes Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams, "Smart people, nay, brilliant ones use emoticons. Articulate, bright, funny people. Yet when I see a smiley, my first thought is, 'What are you, 12 years old?'" :-< » 12/01/09 4:40pm 12/01/09 4:40pm

Are You Reluctant To Talk On The Phone?

Saturday night at a bar a friend and I were discussing his latest date. The date was running late and texted a few times, saying so. Eventually, the date just went ahead and canceled » 10/21/08 6:00pm 10/21/08 6:00pm the date, saying he was sorry he wouldn't be able to make it. And he did so via text. Yesterday, I had an exchange with a friend in…

What's In A (Screen) Name?

Today's Times of London reports that if you're looking for love online you've got to choose your screen name carefully. According to study by Dr. Monica Whitty, a lecturer in cyber-psychology at Nottingham Trent University, playful and flirtatious names like "fun2bwith" or "imsweet" were ranked top by men and women as… » 4/04/08 2:30pm 4/04/08 2:30pm