Teens love instant messaging. It is quick and efficient. Not to mention, it is useful for avoiding awkward and potentially embarrassing face to face moments. According to a survey studying instant messaging among teens, over 40 percent of teens use this method of communication to ask questions or relay information that they would not say in person. Twenty-two percent use this medium to ask someone out. Thirteen percent use it to end their relationships.
74 percent of teens use instant messaging. Of that, one fifth claim that it is their number one means of communication with their friends. In addition to avoiding awkward confrontations, teens feel that this form of communication broadens their friend network. Through instant messaging, teens can stay in contact with people they met during a vacation or at camp.
Many teens claim that the Internet, along with instant messaging, assists them in developing and maintaining friendships. 48 percent claim that their current relationships are improved through the use of instant messaging, while 32 percent claim that it has allowed them to make new friends. Most teenagers chat through instant messaging several times per week; 35 percent IM every day, and 45 percent IM whenever they go online.