Have you ever been involved in an IM chat like this?
Tommyboy187 (9:38pm): Hi
PrincessK09 (9:38pm): Hi
Tommyboy187 (9:46pm): What’s new?
PrincessK09 (9:47pm): Not much, just finishing up my Lit project. You?
Tommyboy187 (9:59pm): Not much
The person starts a conversation then takes at least 5 minutes to respond to postings. It is irksome. Imagine, just for a second, that this was a phone call. You would hang up with that long of a pause. It’s rude. Bottom line, if you start a conversation respond promptly and engage actively in the conversation. It’s just good manners. If something came up then excuse yourself.