How many of us have ever clicked on the ‘yes’ button and had a chat about something online?
Well, it’s hard to say.
But we do know that there are plenty of people who would rather not be bothered with a chat over text, and a study published in the British Journal of Communication suggests that’s not just a bad idea.
Researchers found that about a quarter of people prefer not to chat at all, while the remaining people prefer to chat online, by way of an email.
And while this may seem like a trivial thing, it can have a significant impact on the quality of online chats.
For example, the study found that the more time and effort you put into avoiding online chats, the worse your chances of getting to know someone online.
In the study, participants in a variety of age groups were asked to complete online surveys on how they felt about online conversations.
While there were no statistically significant differences in response rates, the participants in the most vulnerable group had higher responses to online conversations, which suggests that the people in this group were less likely to engage in online chat.
So, while it’s not an ideal situation to be having online chats with someone, it is an ideal place to be for someone who is in the vulnerable group.
This doesn’t mean that people who prefer to not chat online are ignoring other options, though, and the study notes that people in the ‘no-chat’ group also seemed to be more open to talking with friends and family over the phone, and that this openness was linked to better communication.
“I think there’s this assumption that the way you interact online is something you’re not going to want to do, but I think it really depends on how vulnerable you are to the messages you receive online,” Dr Daniel Hickey, one of the study’s authors, told Wired.
“It’s not always a good idea to be online for more than five minutes a day, so we can talk about what we’re doing in a conversation and try to find ways of improving our online interactions.”
There’s a difference between not having to be out in public, because you’re having an internet-only life, versus not being able to be on social media because it’s so socially awkward.
“If you do need to chat, you can always use apps like WhatsApp or Skype to ensure you don’t accidentally end up with someone who isn’t really interested in you.
But if you’re looking to avoid that, it might be best to avoid chatting with someone at all.
“You can use different strategies and you can talk to different people. “
I think it’s important to be able to chat with people,” he said.
“You can use different strategies and you can talk to different people.
But I think people need to be aware of how vulnerable they are, and what might be triggering for them online.”
If they’re thinking about doing it but they’re unsure what to do to prevent the online relationship from becoming a problem, then it’s definitely something to think about.
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