Chatting via the internet has become the new ‘normal’ – as opposed to ‘calling’. A quick message is preferred over long phone conversations when a very precise message needs to be delivered. Well, calling and talking on the phone for hours together, has not yet lost its charm, but messaging apps have introduced a new kind of zing that keeps both – the young and the old glued to their smartphones – chatting away – happily!
Chatting on the internet however, has its own advantages and disadvantages:
Making long distance phone calls regularly could drain your pockets. Chatting over the internet is practically free and does not burden you financially. Well, many of the chatting apps also have an internet calling facility. This means that you can talk and have a video call too – very affordably!
While you are chatting with your friends or family, you can perform a number of other tasks too. You can reply to emails for instance, or finish typing a document or talk to someone in the room. If you do not have too much time for calling, it’s one of the best options. Well, the disadvantage about this kind of multitasking is that your attention is divided among several things. So, for exclusive, crucial conversations where attention is expected, phone calls are still the preferred medium.
Might get in the way of time management
Chatting on the internet is – let’s face it time consuming. So, especially if you are too caught up in the conversation, you might lose track of time. You can end up talking for longer than you wanted to and other tasks get negatively impacted.
Understand the communication barriers
Hearing the ‘tone’ of voice is difficult on a chat app. There is a possibility of misinterpretation in some cases. Moreover, your voice cannot be heard, face cannot be seen and meaning could be twisted as per the mindset of the person on the other end of the chat. Carefully wording your sentences is the only way out!
Think about the dangers
Over the internet, you really never know who is on the other end – especially if you are talking to someone you do not already know. There is no way of verifying the identity of the person and you have to take his word for it. Chat apps could be misused in many ways – so it’s always a good idea to be judicious about the way you use them – especially if you do not personally know the person on the other end.
Chat apps have brought the world closer – even closer than what social media or even the internet could do! They are quick, easy to use and provide users with a great way to stay connected with their near and dear ones!
Chats In is one such instant messaging app which you can download and use on your Androids from Google Playstore.
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