Chat rooms have always been a great way to connect with different people at the same time and discuss on different topics. To give you a clearer vision of chat rooms, we’re going to explain what exactly one is, how you benefit from it and how to be more careful while using these chat rooms.
· What are chat rooms?
Chat rooms are defined as “a virtual extension of real-world human interaction”, just like e-mail, instant messaging or other social media networks. In these chat rooms, users talk to each other through text-based messages.
All users that are connected are able to send and receive live text messages on the chat. They’re usually gathered to discuss different topics about politics, sports, music and other hobbies.
- Why use chat rooms:
With the huge growth of social networks, chat rooms have seen a decrease on the number of its users; however they’re still much frequented for some great features they offer.
People like chat rooms because they offer a way to connect and share opinions with people you don’t know. Also, you have the chance to share whatever you want without feeling like you will get judged because you are anonymous.
The only thing used to identify users is a username they can chose for them. Nowadays social-medias don’t offer this kind of anonymity for its users or the opportunity to connect with complete random strangers. That’s why chat rooms still find a great usage.
Chat rooms can be very informative if used for the right purposes. For example, you can connect with people who have had the same medical problem as you or any other stuff. This way you can find people from all over the world to inform you of different stuff for free of course.
Another reason chat rooms are used is online dating. They’re considered a great place to meet new people and even make some new friends. If you enjoy talking to someone in particular in the chat room, you can invite that person to a private chat and so you can continue talking privately.
· Why they’re considered dangerous
Many people consider chat rooms as dangerous places online, and sometimes they’re right. Chat rooms can be dangerous, especially for kids and teenagers. Given that people there are anonymous, sexual predators, pedophiles etc can lie about their age and other information to get people to meet with them.
However if you’re careful and smart you can avoid these people through tools that chats provide like blocking and of course disconnecting.
To sum up, we think chat rooms are great and will be around for a long time because of all the benefits that they bring.