The Internet has become an important part with millions of people communicating all over the world. Internet users have discovered many advantages of Word wide Web, especially for communication, such as email, instant messaging, chat rooms and others. Instant Messaging provides a current connection with family, friends, and acquaintances throughout World, usually at no additional cost.
Instant Messaging (IM) is a real-time exchange of text messages over the Internet between two or more people, through instant messaging clients. The current messaging is known as ‘ ‘ online chat ‘ ‘, given that the messaging is in real time, but differs in that it is based on clients that facilitate the connection between known users (contact sheet), while on-line chatting Based on a Web application that permits communication (often anonymous) users in a more user-friendly environment.
On the web, we can find a number of tools to send instant messages. Some of the most popular are Windows Live Messenger (Fig. 4), ICQ, IRC, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, Pidgin and others.
The positive sides of this vision of communication are the following:
• Real-time communication
• Conversations can be preserved
• It is possible to see whether a person is available, occupied or absent
• Hearing impaired people provide equal opportunities in communication (without the need for special devices)
• The possibility of simultaneous communication with more people
• Use in the business world
• Communication costs are negligible
But we’re more interested in those negatives. First of all, addiction to this form of communication. Some users spend valuable time in internet chat rooms and instant messaging with family, friends, and even strangers. Like forums, blogs, and chat rooms can serve as an escape from reality, escape from real problems. Addiction is created and users are often unaware of it. The issue of addiction to instant messaging also occurs with business people. They consume valuable working hours by exchanging instant messages during the day, although they can have important projects that have not even started because “chat” occupies time. They opt for talking to friends through computers because they feel so mentally better, yet it is better to spend the day with friends who love compared to those people who assign them tasks they do not want to do, and who can even criticize their work. People Of course they avoid those things that make them feel uncomfortable, or that cause them to feel stress, and aspire to activities that make them feel fun. In this case, chatting with friends through your computer using one of the instant messaging services overpower each time. The same applies to other forms of online addictive behavior, such as already mentioned forums, blogs, gambling, research and information for personal use, shopping etc. For many people, the Internet is an escape from reality in order to facilitate the pressures of everyday life.
Let’s mention a study conducted by Young, which shows that dependence on instant messaging can be very damaging. The subject even though he had a phobia of computers and computer unwritten, she managed to easily use the computer thanks to the easy-to-navigate application menus she was using. On-line services are the only app that made her use the computer, and initially spent only a few hours a week searching various social chat rooms. Within 3 months, she gradually spent more time on-line, to eventually reach and 50-60 hours per week.
She explained that in a particular chat room she feels like a part of the community, and often stays longer on-line than she plans, for example. 2 hours are turned into a 14-hour session. First thing he does in the morning, he logs on to the chat, checks the e-mails, and knows how to stay online until dawn. Every time she wouldn’t be in front of the computer, she’d feel depressed, anxious and irritable. She cancelled her appointments, stopped calling her real-life friends, reduced her relationship with her family, and gave up social activities where she once enjoyed herself, and all to be longer online. In the end, it was so online that she stopped cooking, cleaning, buying groceries all so she wouldn’t separate from the computer. Her two daughters felt ignored by her mother, because she always sat next to the computer. Also, the Internet accounts exceeded $400 per month, and her husband complained of loss of interest in marriage. Regardless of the negative consequences, she denied that her behavior was abnormal, and she had no desire to reduce the time she spent on-line and refused any help. She felt that her use of the internet was quite normal, denying that she was addicted, claiming her family was unreasonable, when they asked her to stop using the Internet to such an extent and seek help. In the end, her persistent use of the Internet resulted in the loss of her family.