AOL reports on instant messaging (IM) behaviors

AOL press release –aka survey–on IM behaviors has some notable nuggets:

  • Two-thirds (66 percent) of teens and young adults (ages 13-21) say they send more IMs than emails, up from 49 percent last year.
  • Teen boys (55 percent) are more likely to have parental rules about IM use than are teen girls (50 percent).
  • One in three (33 percent) IM users send mobile IMs or text messages from their cell phones at least once a week. This is an increase of 14% from 2004. The figure was 10% in 2003.
  • Half (47 percent) of those ages 13-21 change their away messages every day, to let others know where they are (71 percent), to list a cell phone number or alternate way to be reached (47 percent) or to post a favorite lyric or quote (47 percent).

According to the survey, the top ten markets for instant messaging are: 1. Miami, FL; 2. New York, NY; 3. Boston, MA; 4. Chicago, IL; 5. Atlanta, GA; 6. Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX; 7. Detroit, MI; 8. San Francisco, CA; 9. Sacramento, CA; 10. Tampa, FL.