This research-in-progress paper utilizes the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) to determine whether differences exist in the adoption of Instant Messaging (IM) Technologies in Australia, China, Mexico and the USA. Despite significant differences in the technology needed to implement IM (e.g., software supporting Chinese language characters), few barriers exist to the adoption of IM given the environment is in place. We postulate that language interface technology, infrastructure, and culture affect the adoption of IM technology.
Heales, Jon; McCoy, Scott; and Xu, Dongming, "Instant Messaging: A Cross-Country Comparison of Factors Affecting Adoption" (2005). AMCIS 2005 Proceedings. 46.