Instant Messaging is truly a wonderful thing, but sometimes the virtual intimacy it provides can create problems of its own. It’s great having your finger on the digital pulse of life, and be on-call for your friends, family and co-workers at a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, there’s always someone on the chat list that oversteps their boundaries, and border on the bothersome – to say the least.
These, Clutchettes, are the folks that literally push one to declare the status of invisible, or unavailable. Yes, there are times when you’re online, in a zone, and just don’t want to be disturbed. However, there are moments when you may be open for relevant business, and your buddy incessantly tries to engage you in trivialities after you specifically told him/her that you are anxiously working towards a deadline. How about those needy folks who only hit you up when there’s a problem, and require your support in some form or fashion? Whether it’s personal or business related, it’s this chat buddy who causes you to go into semi fight or flight mode the minute their chat box appears on your screen.
Lastly, let us not forget our associates that love to chat it up at the crack of dawn. We all hold a special place in our hearts for our friends and loved ones, but when you log onto IM at 8am, the last thing most of us feel like doing is running our virtual mouths (some of us actually have work to do, believe it or not). In this new era of inter-connectedness, honesty may not always be the best policy. In that vein, assuming unavailable or invisible IM status is the most genuine move one can make.
Calling all Clutchettes, as usual, we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to share your tales of “invisibility” with us!