Chat rooms have always been seen as a realm for geeks to talk about whatever subject they have an interest in. but there has been a decline in chat rooms over the past decade and while mIRC is still about, various others have fallen away. This could be down to the rise partly in other communication ways. Skype and Whatsapp are the two most common ways in which people speak directly to others. It does not explain fully why chat rooms have disappeared. They serve a different purpose than instant messaging to one person.
But why do people still use chat rooms? Below are some of the reasons
1. They are great for group discussion : You have a group chat on Facebook too but how do you meet and speak to various people altogether? Chat rooms give you the fastest and effective way of doing this. Many people join the same chat room, maybe it is based on a specific topic or for people who enjoy the same hobby.
2. You can use it for dating : Chat rooms are a way of dating online. Many rooms exist for dating and international chat rooms are very common as a way to meet new people. This gives you the best of both worlds in a way. You can speak to a lot of people at one time to get to know whether they match your interests or not.
3. A nostalgic way of communicating : Many of us remember chat rooms from the old days of the internet. In the late 1990s and early 2000s Yahoo chat rooms were all over. They are made for all interests and tastes and many people. They were the one real form where people could communicate that we had before Facebook messenger, WhatsApp, and Skype. Chat rooms were a precursor to what we have today.