Exploiting yourself on the quest for attention was one risk with AIM.
A friend of mine reminded me of the way, at sleepovers, we used to go into chat rooms, pretend to be in our 20s, and try to get men to “cyber,” the AIM version of phone sex.
But developing a sexual identity was as difficult as choosing a screen name.
Katz told me AIM “was a way we learned to enact pleasure or demonstrate that we were feeling pleasure, even and especially if we weren’t.” At the same time we were using AIM, my best friends and I were also listening to NSync.
Tell at least two people where you are going and when you could be expected back.