We type and get responses, but all too often do we even know who we’re talking to?It’s just a name and we take the sex and description on trust. Ultimately, we just need to talk, to have a response. They’re useful as entertainment and communication tools.Outlook, Eudora and Netscape are among the most common types of e-mail software.These programs reside on a computer and are used regularly and essentially only work for that user on that computer.They can be at their desk, looking busy and productive while typing away about love, sex, meeting one another, etc.They can be more provocative on-line, act bolder, kinkier and it is often accepted because they feel anonymous and protected. Most Americans have some e-mail software that they use to access their mail.Although it is possible for an e-mail owner to access their e-mail using one of these programs from multiple computers, it is less likely and usually only those who are highly computer literate bother to set up their accounts this way.
So it’s natural that the urge to communicate has followed us into the virtual world. After all, it depends on the other person logging on, receiving the mail and replying – all of which takes time.
But consider that this most modern of maladies already has its own online support groups and its own acronym, IAD, for Internet Addiction Disorder, a name assigned in 1995 by New York... Stupid, ugly, pathetic, lame, ridiculous, fake, ignorant. No, these insults and rants were delivered via the Internet. In this age of virtual communication, where we can hide behind handles and noms de plume, it seems people have become more confident, more cunning and way more reckless with their jabs and threats. At least, that's the conclusion of a new survey from consumer market research firm Mintel.
"Real-life referrals" still hold more sway with shoppers than online recommendations, the firm said Tuesday.
People do meet from chat rooms, romances occur, and of course there’s cybersex. Talk used to be about being face to face and engaging in wide-ranging discussions.
We’re talking – we’re even having online sex, which is about as intimate as you can get – but we’re doing it all while hiding behind a computer monitor. For many, it still is; a lot of people balance their online and real lives.