02 Jan Talking To Strangers Online!
Man is an animal that is always in thirst to chase. With the advancement of new technology, a large percentage of the world’s population is now using any sort of a technological tool. Omegle, Shagle, Chatspin, Bazoocam, Tinychat, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Messenger are some of the online platforms that are available to talk with strangers.
People can be of any age, young or old. The world is a complex and vast place that is hard to comprehend. Man is constantly changing and so as the Internet. Internet is one of the fastest-growing means of communication around the world and as a result, you may know how easy it is to chat with strangers online. That is the reason why, the broader concept of talking to strangers via online platforms has emerged.
Keeping in touch with online visitors may bring advantages, disadvantages, and sometimes even major threats. Some like to entertain and build new social relationships. But does this always have a positive impact? Shouldn't we think of that first? Researchers have found that children and young adults are more likely to fall into the traps of strangers as they surf the Internet.
Why do people tend to talk with strangers? Do they do it on purpose or do they do it unknowingly? What fears do people have when they talk with strangers? How do these fears relate to their talking behavior? Even some might wonder what they actually get out of it. It is entirely based upon the human behavior and the attitudes on which the interactions are built upon.
Acquisition of knowledge on new cultures, social information, ethics, customs, and diversity are some the advantages we can get through online communication. The formation of new friendships happens through strong relationships, development of sociability, development of personality and through communication skills. We cannot identify such aspects simply by associating people online, without any physical encounters. So, we have had a reasonable fear of talking to strangers since childhood. That's why many adults are nervous about having relationships online with people that we do not know. But in a society where there are different attitudes and behaviors, some children are reluctant to listen to the elders.
Isn’t it worthwhile to always follow the advice of an elder? So, everyone should think carefully before posting, sharing messages with strangers, and especially when posting personal pictures and information that could harm their privacy. If you can correctly identify whom your real friends are, then you will have a sociable and refreshing every day.
Rtr. Shamshul Haseena
Rtr. Gihini Gunawardena
(Blog Team Member 2021-22)