Diego Moya , 31 August 2005 (UTC) It would be very nice to have a sort of history on them, but I have no Googling skills at all, and so I can't seem to find any information...
But I have a nagging feeling that one who thinks chat rooms were made for the lazy is dead wrong.
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It would be unwise to confer upon another a 'label' based upon certain behaviors.
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But what *is* the difference between Chat Rooms and IM? In both pages emphasis is given on the difference with forums and with e-mail, but not to distinguish one from the other.
It is very difficult to write any book; and certainly this subject matter is resistant to typical definitions in the absence of all the affect of real life inducements that typify reactive behaviors.
The authors 'flirt' around with psychodynamic concepts, but fail to broach the subject deeply; probably by choice.
I do not feel that this book would be of tremendous value to the experienced online user for it fails to address some of the "real" issues that confront us all, i.e., confusion, guilt, anxiety, etc.
Though the authors give valuable information in regards to such phenomena as projective identification, sensory deprivation, lowering of habitual self-conscious defense mechanisms, etc.; it fails to compare and contrast these phenomena between our realities in such a way as to provide a foundation for making wise cyber choices.