We need new mental models for modern communication methods. Think of instant messages like post-it notes.
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A while ago I went to a gig with a friend. As the lights went down, my friend took her phone out of her pocket and started fiddling around with it. The bright light of the screen distracted me from the show, and I couldn't stop myself from looking what she was up to. She was on twitter, telling people she was at the gig. People watching half the gig through camera phones are annoying enough, but this just seemed pointless to me. I wondered why she couldn't just sit back and enjoy the show.