Everyone is leading such busy lives that socializing and meeting new people has become difficult but the human contact is still desired so people have found a new way to spend time with friends and meet people. In addition to sites like Facebook, MySpace, Friendster and others; people often use online webcam chat sites to meet people and spend time socializing with others. Webcam chat sites can become addictive and spending too much time in them can create problems in a person’s day to day life.
These sites are designed to allow people to talk in a group setting by typing or microphone to people from all over the world. They are also able to use webcams to show live streaming video of themselves to their friends and acquaintances. It is really as close to being in the same room as people can get who live thousands of miles apart.
It can be hard to strike a good balance between spending time with friends from far away and keeping up with what needs to be done in the ‘real’ world. The following are examples of what happens when the balance isn’t right:
• Work can suffer if people log into a chat room from the office and neglect other duties to chat. Eventually disciplinary action or even termination may result from foregoing their work for chat. Missing days of work is another problem that can happen when someone becomes addicted to a webcam chat site.
• Children may be neglected or ignored when someone spends too many hours on a webcam chat site. This can be very dangerous for the children who are not being properly supervised. They may start acting out in order to receive negative attention.
• For people involved in a committed relationship, if one is spending too much time on a webcam chat site, fighting may develop due to the amount of time one is spending online in webcam chat rooms talking with friends. Most chat sites do include male and female members which can lead to jealousy and other problems.
• Daily activities like housework, exercising, gardening and hobbies may be pushed aside to allow for more time in a chat room. The lack of participation in daily activities can become a problem that snowballs until so many things have been put off that regaining control is very difficult.
These are just a few of the problems that can develop if someone becomes addicted to webcam chat. There is nothing wrong with becoming a member of a webcam chat site but, like with anything else, moderation is the key to adding chat to your life and staying on track.