Don't ever let anyone tell you that text on a screen isn't emotional. Earlier this evening, a friend told me about his unusual medical condition, in fairly graphic detail. I imagined myself suffering from the identical symptoms and I found myself nearly fainting. I actually had to stop typing, and lie down on the floor for a few minutes until the feeling passed. The thoughts in my head kept me queasy for about a half hour afterwards.
And it was all from a single icq message, just 20 or 30 words of text.