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8-14-2011 @ 9:38AM
As with any tool, there are several ways to use mobile chat, and some are constructive while others are destructive.Using mobile chat as a pager? "We need you in game NOW, drop what you're doing." Absolutely not for me, and I would not be part of any guild or team that expected this, for the same reasons that I do not give our my mobile phone number; mostly privacy, but also, when I'm out of the game, that's my time, and no guild supersedes that. (Obviously if you have committed to a raid and just not turned up, that's another matter, and appropriate guild rules and consequences should be applied.)But what it is great for is keeping up with the guys while I'm bored but not able to play. Sometimes I'll log In for a chat or to follow a raid while I'm on a train trip or on a lunch break at work or whatever, and used in that fashion, purely as a social tool, it's great.And ultimately, that's the distinction; the tool itself is neither good or bad. The trick is to use it however is appropriate for you. It will only be a shackle if you already of that mindset yourself and do already belong to a guild that already expects you to be available 24/7 whether you use mobile chat or not.
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