There are lots of ways people communicate through the Internet, ranging from E-Mail to live audio and videoconferencing. Chatting through Internet is one of the way to be able to communicate others. To join in the fun, all you need is an Internet Service Provider to get you connected to the Internet. A great advantage of the Internet chatting that it brings people from all over the globe closer together. There is, e.g., Global Chat, a programme that allows people to communicate instantly through the Net. A person communicates with a girl in Manila and simultaneously to his friend in California on the same server; the geographical distance seems to have been faded away. It was like having the girl next door. What a wonderful world. If you keep chatting with people all over the globe daily like this, there couldn’t be any wars could it?
In chatting, any number of people can come in, and have a live text-based chat. You can enter chats using chat software that] supports IRC (Internet Relay Chat is a protocol that is the original means of chatting through the actual Internet), or from a variety off web a sites that have communities built in.
Chatting is one of the most popular activities on the Internet and involves people from all walks of life and just about all ages come together in areas where they can join in on a variety of topics that they are interested in with people all around the world. Traditionally, chat is text based but can also involve audio and video. In public chat areas, people use “us or sometimes represent themselves as graphical as they are known in the chat world.
Generally there are two categories of Internet chats. One is the Internet-based chat room where people can choose images to represent themselves and propose various virtual environments. They are not real time, messages will come popup your screen if you press the refresh or reload button. Some of the latest Internet based chats use server push technology or Java, which eliminates the need to press the refresh button but it still isn’t as quick as the second type of chat called Internet relay chat or IRC which is the most popular. It is a text-based chat (no images) and real time where all messages immediately, popup on screen when entered. IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a multi-user, multi-channel chatting system. Imagine sitting in front of your computer and “talking” through typed messages with either one person or many other people from all over the Internet. IRC is based on a client-server model. You run a client programme on your own computer that connects you to a server computer on the Internet.
The Internet connects people and makes them understand each other. Chatting on Internet is a terrific way for people to meet electronically and discuss various topics in a smooth way and speediest way. But on the other hand it also keeps people stuck in front of their computer screens. The Net tends to keep people from spontaneously getting outside their houses; People are alienating themselves from certain other enjoyable habits like playing, spending teatime with families and friends and so on.
The Internet chatting is as cool as ice, cyber and most of the time very useful. But everything is not so good! Information flow, trauma, alienation, techno-trauma, harsh economies are a few of the negative implications of using the Internet chatting. Numerous students and others who encounters the possibilities of the Internet chatting, gets into it so hard that they spend almost all their time at the screen. This kind of behaviour may develop a severe addiction, causing the addicts to forget studies and social life. A warning must be issued.