Christian Chat Rooms: Cautions and Warnings
Thanks to all of the modern day conveniences, we live in a society where the world is literally at our fingertips. With the development of the internet, we can fulfill an entire day's work with just the click of a button. From shopping for clothes or groceries, to meeting and dating new people, the possibilities are endless. It's a wonder we ever lived without it!
Especially when it comes to meeting people, the internet has become a more widely accepted means of doing so. It can be a bit difficult to expand your social circle when your hectic schedule barely allows you time to breathe. The challenge is especially great when your search for friends is narrowed to individuals that share similar Christian beliefs and values. With the development of online chat rooms, that challenge has been slimmed down to almost nothing!
Chat rooms are a popular place to visit and get acquainted with Christians from all parts of the globe. People can meet together and chat in real-time without having to spend a fortune calling long distance. It's a comfortable setting to discuss current moral or political issues, as well as lift and inspire others through Christian conversation. The advantages are many, not to mention the countless inspirational stories of people finding the support and camaraderie they've been lacking. There are even individuals that actually fall in love and marry one of their chat buddies! Chat rooms can be an excellent way to broaden your horizons and find yourself choosing from the pick of the litter.
Although there are a lot of benefits to online chatting, there are still precautions to take in order to keep your experience a safe and positive one. First of all, just as a general reminder, it's wise to prohibit your kids from going to chat rooms. There's no way to tell who people really are, so it's essential that your kids are protected from any danger. This is applicable to adults as well. Of course you should be able to relax and enjoy yourself, but be cautious about who you correspond with and don't trust too quickly. It's not safe to give out your personal information such as your real name, address, phone number, etc. If someone starts asking inappropriate or personal questions, just close the chat session. "Dirty talk" isn't tolerated, so you don't have to put up with it. Use your judgment and keep in mind that if anyone makes you feel uncomfortable you are entitled to leave at any time.
If you should decide to meet someone face to face, make sure you have been in contact long enough that you feel you sincerely know the person. Arrange to meet in a public place during the day, if you can, and let a friend or family member know your plans to ensure safety and security. Trust your instincts on these things because your gut sometimes knows better than your head!
Like anything else, there are going to be pros and cons to online chatting. But, overall, Christian chat can be a positive, beneficial experience. If you simply follow the safety tips, and go into it expecting to meet friends and have a great time, that's exactly what you'll find.
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Christian leaders are saying...
Before I was married, my life was dramatically impacted by the singles ministry at my church, which was designed to help committed Christians meet someone who shared the same beliefs and values. However, not all churches have that kind of ministry. ChristianMingle is like a virtual singles ministry- a safe place that likeminded singles can meet and forge friendships and dating relationships. It's a community that is digital, but nonetheless very real. As a social researcher and author focused on relationships, I am delighted that ChristianMingle exists, and provides such a great opportunity for God to bring people together.
~Shaunti Feldhahn, Author of For Women Only, For Men Only, and The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages