It was only a matter of time before audio and eventually video chat became part of this communication boom as well. There have been countless implementations and incarnations of this technology over the years, too. It started as something built into OS office software. From there, it found its way as an added-on feature of instant messenger services.
As time went on, video conferencing programs, with the instant messaging feature as a second thought, became widely embraced, and honestly these still are. But have you really taken the time to look at how many things feature video chat and free webcam chat as a given aspect of communications?
Cell phones, tablet PCs, game consoles and even television HD frontends all feature live video chat often at no additional cost now. This is just becoming part of our daily lives, and it’s getting to be more and more crucial as the office and commuting work environment gives way to the work-at-home trope which is taking hold.
However, there’s one use for this technology which wasn’t really thought of when it was put into place, and is really only beginning to appear now that websites can support live cam to cam chat without the need to install any program.
We’re all familiar with the internet dating services that have you record a video which can then be played back by prospective mates, and vice versa. But, now there seems to be a surge in people using random video chat programs to meet people.
The advantages of this are multiple. First of all, it’s a safe environment for adults to meet new and interesting people. The control both parties have over the situation, as well as the distance between them means that some of the less than desirable things that happen out in the real world won’t happen there.
This is also a great way to choose people based on interests rather than just looks. People are meeting people as blobs of text in web communities based around mutual interests, to then move on to using free webcam chat sites to actually see and talk to one another thereafter.
This new, controlled and streamlined way to meet and get to know new people via webcam chat is changing the face of how society works. Some say this is making us too insular and unwilling to be “out there”. Others say it’s a safer, less expensive way to broaden one’s social horizons. Which is the right estimation? Well that is strictly a matter of opinion!