Have you ever wondered where the Internet has got us today? From sending letters, to calling friends and family whenever we want, to chatting with them today through chat rooms, we really have come a long way. Most of the people who are reading this article right now must have a rough idea about chat rooms, isn't it? Well, these are basically online portals where you can talk to people for free.
Once you visit the main portal, you will see different rooms inside, categorized according to sex and location, among other such parameters. Some might say chat rooms for kids while some might say free local chat rooms for singles. You can choose any one you want to use and meet new people there, sometimes with similar interests. You will also find good rooms dedicated to music, art, travel, etc.
Video Chatting has been one of the main reasons why people use these local chat rooms. There are many companies that have messengers equipped with free chat rooms where one can video chat with the person he/she is talking to. These are usually used by friends and/or family who aren't living in the same state/country. Chatting through these local chat rooms is free and fun too, as you also have games and other fun activities to entertain you, while you chat.
Games are another factor of fascination in these online chat rooms, where you can play games like scrabble, and where applications like doodle make chatting more fun and interesting. You also have a dozen different games depending on which room you use. Sometimes, these games themselves have separate online chat rooms where you can chat with your opponents. These are available usually in the free online chat rooms for kids and some social networking websites too.
Social Networking websites, as we all know, have changed the way the world shares information. Similarly, there are certain chat rooms that have applications where you can share photographs, your favorite movies, quotations, etc. These are not only beneficial for those who want to stay in touch, but also for those who want to meet like-minded people with similar tastes and interests in music, film, literature, etc.
Pros and Cons
- Just like we discussed the uses of these chat rooms, we also need to put the cons in light. While these local online chat rooms are a great way to meet new people without initially losing your identity, parents are getting more worried by the day. While we consider hiding our identity from strangers an advantage, it can be used against us in obtaining information, if we are careless enough to give it of course.
- Another problem is that online chat rooms for teenagers, which are indeed a great platform to share information, is now turning out to be an addiction, according to a few parents. The virtual life is getting more time and importance, is what they have to say.
- On the flip side, I know of people who have used chat rooms to make some great friends. A few have even come across business opportunities from across the globe. Similarly, I know a couple who actually met through one of these chat rooms and got married eventually.
So, as you see, it depends on us how we make use of these chat rooms. Yes, it is in fact a great way to meet new people and make some great friends, but be careful with the information you share. Do not give any valuable information such as credit card numbers or phone numbers. These can, at times be used against you. Once you keep these few things in mind, the Internet and its inventions are for you to use!