Why asynchronous messaging beats real time messaging every time
Tomas Laurinavicius
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>They are addictive. Real time messaging apps are designed in a way that tries to maximize the time spent inside the app…

I think you’re confusing addiction with utility and value. According to your logic, box cutters, bubble wrap and tape dispensers must be “addictive” because warehouse workers spend “hours” a day using these tools and materials.

What’s wrong with using an app for several hours a day? Maybe nothing at all if it advances one’s goals. You assume that communication is incompatible with ‘real work’, and maybe that’s true for some job roles, but for many of us communication IS productive work.

Many of us spend a great part of our day communicating with people — on slack, by email, over video chat and screen-sharing apps— because we have important things to hear and say. Communicating with people is how decide what to be working on. It’s how we learn about problems which need attention, set priorities, provide context when delegating tasks, collaborate on solutions and strategies, onboard new employees, resolve customer requests, pass around bits of information when working together or troubleshooting a problem. Slack ability to seamlessly integrate messaging across multiple applications is gold. We communicate for more reasons than you can imagine apparently.

Basically it seems you’re just mindless recanting a bunch of PR babble you hear from a Slack competitor.

Will you regret not spending more time on Slack? You know that you won’t.

It’s just silly to assume that the millions of people who use Slack are little more than mindless junkies who waste hours of their time each day for no good reason.