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Lavalife users can now turn off the Instant Messaging feature. Prepare for outrage from male users.

With a simple click of a button, Lavalife.com members now have the option of turning off the instant messaging functionality for 10 minutes, allowing anyone who may be logged in to better manage incoming communication.

It works like this: a member chatting with another member or browsing profiles can temporarily halt incoming IMs from everyone except the person they’re IM-ing and those earmarked on their personal Hotlists. Those members wanting to send a message, meanwhile, are spared the frustration of IM-ing a member momentarily too busy to respond.

Girls rule, boys drool. Most of the time my female friends turn of IM entirely. The only thing worse than Instant Messaging on a dating site is a dating site chat room.