“(..)It was found that people who spend more time in chat rooms were more likely to be open about themselves, receive emotional support, and give emotional support(…)”, mentions a study on online chatting.
It’s clear that chatting online is a lot more comfortable than meeting people in real life.
Now, it doesn’t mean that you can replace your social life with a virtual one, since we are all creatures who need affection and real interactions.
However, talking to strangers online can enhance your social skills in your life.
The reason for that is simple: because even though online, you are still talking to people (and strangers at that). You start understanding what people enjoy talking about and how to deal with naysayers.
Dealing with trolls can also be a positive learning experience for toughening your personality.
You will also begin to understand how to break the ice in conversations, which is an extremely important knowledge when making friends in a social event.
How can you make the most of it?
This is an important question, and the answer is to take it seriously. That’s it.
Most people chatting online are not putting their soul into the interactions they have, and this is where they fail.
Internet has become a part of us and we need to accept that. So you would do well giving your all to provide value and participating actively in all forms of content online.
Remember that guy talking sh*t about your favorite thing? Why didn’t you say anything about it?
Or that time you read a really cool comment, why didn’t you give your support?
Again, by exposing your personality (not your identity necessarily) you are carving your mark the same way you would in real life.
So, make an effort to form new friendships or don’t leave your opinion out of a discussion, because it matters more than you think.