should webcams be part of online chatting?

@tigeraunt (6331)
Philippines
December 30, 2009 3:02am CST
i love to chat! i have a constant chat online and we always talk every day. but sometimes i get frustrated because the net seems to be very slow and the camera would now attach itself hence we talk like blind, not seeing each other. do you get experience like that when you chat? i dont think that is natural but who to complain to? or is it my computer? would you prefer to chat without it or is it a must? any comment please? ann
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@shaggin (25281)
• United States
31 Dec 09
I love to chat as well. I hate talking on the phone and I would hate to have myself shown on a web cam but I love to watch others on webcams. Its fun getting to see what they are looking like while they are chatting with me. I have a webcam that my mother bought me quite a few years ago that I have taken out of the package but have never hooked up on my computer. It just sits in a pile of other stuff that I never use. Maybe someday I will use it lol but I kind of doubt it. After all these years I probably will not start using it anytime soon. I hate the way I look I would feel really awful having people see me on a daily basis on a webcam. As it is now they only see the pictures I show them which I do not update very often.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
19 Mar 10
dear shaggin, am sorry to have missed this. webcams should always be a part of the chat. i don't think there is anything wrong with just seeing someone on the other line face to face. that way conversation could me more pleasant. but when you find in your instinct that someone you are chatting with is into "something", then it is your prerogative now to use your webcam. have a very nice day. ann
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
19 Mar 10
i hope you are already using the webcam now.
@angellyn (45)
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
If I dont really know that person much I will not turn on the cam. For my family and friends, yes I do turn it on. Yeah, sometimes I felt that feeling that I am blind by not seeing the one I talk but its also like when your talking using a cellphone you dont see who are u talking too.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
dear angellyn, i am very sure it is just right to be careful. thank you for this response. ann
@drawan (66)
• Indonesia
24 Jan 10
Webcam is also true is a part of the chat, I'll be a fun chat but Internet Access in Indonesia is not too fast, so difficult to use a webcam if I use a webcam then becomes slow Internet Access
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
hello drawan, i get those times too. and webcams freeze and instead of a moving person, you see a picture but it is nice to have it. ann
@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
19 Jan 10
I think web cams are a nice addition even though sometimes it freezes like you said.The reason I like web cams is that it allows me to see all the expressions on the persons face when I am talking to them and know if they are sincere in their response.The ironic thing though is that I dont have a web cam lol
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
19 Jan 10
dear ronnyb, it's nice to see who's on the other side. you see the smile, the emotions, the expressions. and it is sad when the cam freezes. really! yours should not be an ironic situation. buy one. have a nice day. ann
@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
31 Dec 09
I havent tested my web cam as yet but I have chatted on line iwth a friend who had web cam and it was really nice. I think I prefer using the web cam because you see the person's expression and little smiles and so on when they receive your message and I want that to be apart of my onlne chat. I hope it is workign though.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
31 Dec 09
dear sharon, it sure is very nice to see the person you are talking with on the other line. once you have tried, you will prefer to have a video chat everytime. i hope yours work alright. Happy New Year!!! ann
@fifileigh (3621)
• United States
31 Dec 09
i havent gotten a webcam yet because i dont feel like i need it at the present time. but sometimes they are interesting specially if you want to talk to old friends who live far away and you havent seen in a long time.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
31 Dec 09
dear fifileigh, it would really be nice to see them again even on a webcam. talks become more interesting and it would be like talking to them like they are just very near. Happy New Year and thank you for your response. ann
@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
30 Dec 09
hi ann, neither i am chatting nor i have a webcams,but till now i have not installed a webcom to my computer,some times it will be useful and some times it will give bad results,once we fall in chatting that is a bad habbit to chat without doing any other work,have a nice day
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
hello yugasini, chat can be a break from the monotonous discussions and responses ones in a while. yes, its not good to make it a habit. no income there. ann
@adamc151 (479)
30 Dec 09
I think webcams are great but i wouldn't chooses to use it if i was talking to a complete stranger. Because i own a mac it is also difficult to connect with people with webcam because of the whole compatibility and stuff. However i often video chat to close friends using ichat which is great. But i don't mind just chatting through text and to be honest i prefer it. Much less awkward in my opinion :)
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
dear adamc151, great invention i should say too. but has to be used responsibly. thank you for your response. Happy New Year! ann
@coolcat123 (4392)
• India
30 Dec 09
I think i dont prefer webcams at all, i agree, that it would be difficult to judge the other person with a webcam but it has its negetive shades too. I 100% prefer to chat without a webcam. my friends say that you are so beautiful, then why dont you want to use it. I say I am always uncomfortable with it.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
dear coolcat, saying uncomfortable with it is a good alibi. it can be useful. thanks for the tip. Happy New Year! ann
@rose66 (382)
• China
30 Dec 09
a good queation. many people are confused with the webcam on line. my brother know his wife through the webcam. they chat on the internet first without camera, then they feel like each other,so they turn the camera on and have the first meet. now they get married and have a baby. so i think the webcam is helpful for chatting. ofcourse you need to be careful to those bad. by the way, tigerant, i like your name!
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
dear rose66, it is a fact that there are so many happy couples nowadays who met on chat. but of course, it is not always the reason why people on the net use webcams. your story about your brother is beautiful. i hope people use the webcam on some beautiful purpose, not bad. thank you for the compliment. you can call me by my name - ann
@owlwings (38072)
• Cambridge, England
30 Dec 09
The webcam is certainly not necessary for online chatting. It's sometimes useful but I find that, mostly, one can do without it. The camera is sending very much more data across the net than just typed text or even photos so if you have a slow connection, you will certainly notice things going very slow at times. Also, if the person you are chatting to is on a slow connection, you will notice hold ups as well.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
dear owlwings, most of the times there is really no need for a cam while chatting. so now, i am sure it is not my computer.. but the slow connection. thank you so much for your response. ann
@dianmelydia (2272)
• Indonesia
30 Dec 09
I think it depends on your chatting method. If you can satisfied with the text chatting only, then webcam is not necessary for you. But if you want to have more attractive chatting, then i believe a webcam can be a good option for this purposes. As we know that now is the world of broadband internet which everything is about multimedia. Conventional chatting is still remains but however video chat is something we shouldn't leave it alone. Video chatting also useful for businessmen because they can make a live conference call with other people in another side of this world with a very cheap price. Internet has changing everything and we should optimizing the usage for helping our living and business. Have a nice day and happy mylotting.
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
dear dianmelydia, thank you for the response. i agree that video chats has both good and bad effect. have a nice day too. ann
@sirill (48)
• India
30 Dec 09
hello tiger aunt... i dont think webcam is necessary for chating online... friendship needs trust... but of them r those who cheat us... but it depends upon our mind n attitude... coz i do hav frends online...a very best frends... u feel if anyone is chating odd then aviod them thtz it...
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
dear sirill, your last sentence, i agree a lot. avoid them if you feel that something is weird in the discussion. thank you for your response. ann
@benny128 (3624)
30 Dec 09
I use my web cam all the time most days to chat to people on, I also prefer others to have a cam in this day and age some people may not be what they seem so I think having a a cam to cam chat is a lot safer than not having a cam chat so to speak. I very rarely have my cam dis-connected for internet speed issues
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
31 Dec 09
hi benny, i had one experience when i chatted long time ago, i thought i was talking to a boy aged 18 because he never showed his face but saw a picture on the avatar. i have been giving advises about school and family. when i asked that he show himself on cam, he confessed that it was not really his picture, and he was a 60 year old man. so i find cam to cam is always much safer. have i known it was a 60 year old i was talking to, i would not have wasted my time talking about school. ann
@benny128 (3624)
31 Dec 09
yeah I always think it is better to be safe than sorry and as they say the camera never lies lol, happy new year twitter-benbo128
• India
17 Mar 10
Hi Ann you are right in chat webcam is a must, without this how can you know who is with you, it might be some body else using the messenger, more over chat becomes pleasnt when we see each other, it is like face to face talking, i never visit the chat rooms nor chat with unknown Bhuwan