Chances are you were sent here by someone within Slack, IRC or another chat after you’ve started the conversation just saying “Hello” or “Good Morning!” waiting for a response and now you’re curios what they tried to tell you with this link…
Well, yes and no:
Lets imagine Alice and Fred. Alice is working on something difficult and is highly concentrated on that task while Fred needs to ask Alice a question:
9:34 Fred: Hey Alice, I’ve got a question!
9:35 Alice: Hey, what do you want to know?
9:40 Fred: [asks his question]
In this example Alice received Freds chat, stopped working on the task she was working on and asked him how she can help. After she had done so Fred starts to type his question and Alice either tries to get back on her task or waits for him to complete typing his question as she’ve seen the typing indicator. Either case causes her to loose her focus on her work at least once and it probably will take her some time to get back to it.
Now lets take a look at another example:
9:34 Fred: Hey Alice, I was wondering whether you can tell me […]?
9:40 Alice: Hey, of course […]
Here some things went better than in the example above: