Sure, instant messaging is fast and efficient. For many teenagers, though, it’s also a great way to avoid the embarrassment of mortifying face-to-face confrontations. More than four in 10, or 43 percent, of teens who instant message use it for things they wouldn’t say in person, according to an Associated Press-AOL poll released Nov. 15. Twenty-two percent use IMs to ask people out on dates or accept them, and 13 percent use them to break up. Overall, nearly half of teens age 13 to 18 said they use instant messaging, while only about one in five adults said they use IMs-revealing a wide generation gap in the use of the technology … (Associated Press)

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