Chatroom for adults on anxiety
Thus, social anxiety may have protective effects for early adolescents who spend too much time chatting online, as it may help reduce the risk of developing symptoms of compulsive Internet use.
Even though these are non-synchronous means of communicating, however, not everyone follows such dominant patterns of use, and some people use e-mail to communicate directly.Online communication, defined as the frequency, intensity, and rate with which adolescents use the Internet for communicating with others, seems highly important in adolescents’ everyday social lives, and they use it to form new as well as to maintain current relationships (Subrahmanyam, Smahel, & Greenfield, 2006; Valkenburg & Peter, 2007; Wolak, Mitchell, & Finkelhor, 2003).Online communication is a multidimensional concept, however, and one way of understanding it is distinguishing between communication that may or may not require an immediate response, regardless of platform.As such, it is a suitable framework when examining problematic use of the Internet without categorizing or diagnosing participants.Excessive chatting is considered one important contributor to developing compulsive Internet use (Caplan, 2003; Chou & Hsiao, 2000).Adolescents who are socially anxious tend to be less accepted and victimized by peers (Erath, Flanagan, Bierman, & Tu, 2010; Flanagan, Erath, & Bierman, 2008; La Greca & Lopez, 1998; La Greca & Harrison, 2005; Siegel, La Greca, & Harrison, 2009; Storch, Brassard, & Masia-Warner, 2003), have poor relationships with parents (Van Zalk & Kerr, 2011) and romantic partners (Hebert, Fales, Nangle, Papadakis, & Grover, 2013), and are often lonely (Stoeckli, 2010).
For socially anxious adolescents, online chatting may be a viable alternative to an unsatisfactory or maybe even non-existing social life offline.
Individuals who spend a lot of time chatting online may start to miss their online interactions when they are not online, which may lead to even more excessive chatting and development of symptoms such as discomfort and anxiety.
Nevertheless, chatting - which is instantaneous but without the pressures of face-to-face contact - can be especially suitable for individuals who struggle with social interactions in their everyday lives.
It has been proposed that Internet addiction should be classified similarly to pathological gambling (Young, 1998).
Furthermore, recent evidence suggests that Internet addiction may be separated into addiction, focused on online gaming, shopping, social networks and pornography (Montag et al., 2015).
(Meerkerk, Van Den Eijnden, Vermulst, & Garretsen, 2009).