Ah, once again The New York Times confirms what we all know about instant messaging but gives it credibility: "Many IM users rave about the ability to do different things at their desks while also engaging in a continuing electronic conversation. But they say it is really the notion of 'presence,' of being in constant peripheral contact with the cast of characters that defines one's life, that makes IM such a powerful, intimate — and potentially burdensome — form of communication."