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When we were teenagers we used to ring up huge phone bills chatting. Then we got ICQ, Chatrooms, then MSN Messenger, and now there is iMessage and BBM.
Its all the same thing - communicating. We should be very thankful that it is free and that we as parents dont have the same huge home phone bills inflicted on us as we inflicted on our parents.
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It’s taken the rap for a few hot-button news stories – from the emergence of sexting, to ‘enabling’ the London riots, to sexting during the London riots (not really) – but the everyday uses of BlackBerry messenger are a lot less dubious. In fact, a lot of teens are simply using it as an alternative to other methods of communication – and I do mean a lot of teens.
What started as a free messaging service has become a whole lot more, as James Richardson writes: ‘It has evolved with the times and offers so much more now. An example of this is its integration with other apps. The majority of ‘decent’ applications for BlackBerry are now BBM connected. This gives users the ability to take advantage of sharing information with friends and when people refer to BBM as a kind of social networking app I can understand their point.’
Nowadays, many teens aren’t using BBM to do anything untoward – they’re just using it in much the same away they would texting, or updating their Facebook status. The controversies it sometimes brings up are usually to do with its ability to ‘broadcast’ content to multiple people in your phone book at the same time, but that’s not really any different to posting something on Twitter.