I’m not sure if it’s just me, the technology reducing our attention spans or (most likely) a combination of both, but I’ve developed an increasingly terse response style for conversations on instant messenger. I get much more curt the better I know someone too. As an example:
Tim says: as I know you're not busy Tim says: want to test something for bugs for me? Karl says: 1/10 Tim says: he he he
Hardly the best chat ever.