The AOL Instant Messenger icon became so well known it was made into a plush toy.
As it closes down 20 years after launching, a look back at the key role AOL Instant Messenger played in preparing people for today's digital messaging methods.
Tech companies want to reduce conflict between texting and driving.
Why do tech companies care so much about self-driving cars? If drivers no longer need to pay attention to the road, they can use their mobile devices even more.
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We don’t just hold our phones, we cradle them – and make films like this one with them.
Does technology shackle us, preventing us from interacting with real people?
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Some have said that technology could lead to 'a new ice age' of social isolation. Not so fast, says the author of a new book about shyness.
Who are adult learners and what takes them back to school?
A large number of adult learners are going back to community colleges to acquire new skills. Are they acquiring the skills necessary for today's technology-rich job environments?
Some people are more prone to become glued to their phones than others.
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Are you moody? Prone to distraction? Cellphones may act as a high-tech pacifier.
And you thought it just indicated the end of a sentence…
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For centuries, written communication was tinged with formality and finality. But since the emergence of casual forms like texting, using proper grammar can be fraught with misinterpretation.
Can mobile phones improve the movie experience?
In China and Japan, moviegoers can visit a cinema where their text messages appear on screen as the film plays. While this might sound like a nightmare to some, the cinema has always been a hub of social activity.
Emoticons reveal subtle clues about your personality – but how do others interpret them?
Could these gentlemen be early pioneers of textspeak?
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Long before 'sup' and 'hwu' there was 'Hw r u ts mng?'
Hollywood is in the process of developing a feature length Emoji movie. So what might the plot look like?
Small device, but very demanding.
As summer vacations approach, it's worth recalling the value of disconnecting and perils of multitasking in our digitally distracted lifestyles.
From “Ha!” to “LOL,” laughter in text can take on a number of forms and meanings.
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Shakespeare didn't 'lol,' but he did 'ha, ha, he.'
Better said with an emoji?
Emojis are mainly used to enhance the meaning of words in texts – they won't replace them altogether.
Low-income teens are unable to participate in social media conversations of their wealthier peers.
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With low-income kids unable to participate in the social media conversations of their wealthier peers, a new form of digital inequity is emerging.
Does this represent the degeneration of language? Not quite.
Don't listen to the naysayers. New ways of communicating have created a wealth of new opportunities to harness – and study – language.
Past your bedtime?
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About three years ago, a teenage girl was talking with me and other students about using her cell phone late at night. She told us how she waited until her parents were asleep, then spent at least four…
Despite the lack of punctuation and abbreviations, texting isn’t having an adverse effect on young people’s grammar.
If you think that young people seem to be spending more of their time “face-to-screen” than “face-to-face”, you’re probably right. And a lot of that screen time seems to involve reading or writing English…