The way we communicate online is constantly evolving and that evolution has led to two major ways of connecting with people. On one hand we have social media networks, which have dominated how we communicate with others for the last few years. On the other hand we have video chat sites, which have steadily risen over the last couple of years to transform how we connect with other when online. These two forms of connecting with people are both immensely popular with each one having its own benefits and drawbacks. Here we take a look at each form of communication and see which is the best.
Social Media Networks
The rise of social media began around ten years ago with the rise of Facebook. Before we knew it, there were countless other social media networks available such as Twitter and Instagram. Social media provides a solution to a basic need – the need to communicate with others. The reason for the rise in social media networks is the ease in which you can broadcast a message or thought for your network of friends to then read, comment or like.
However, social media networks remain quite rigid in their structure and although they are trying to keep up with the needs of people, they aren’t as innovative as they once were. Think about it, in order to use a social networking site you must set up a profile, spend time finding and requesting friends and people you know, and then keep everything up to date by constantly uploading new statuses and posts. You are generally limited to communicating with people you know in real life through the need to send a friend request. Although social media networks are ideal for communicating with friends over a long period of time they lack the need we feel to have the ability to connect with people instantly.
Video Chat Sites
Video chat sites came on the scene with a bang when chatroulette launched a few years ago. Since then, the original site has lost its cult status, however, many more sites offering similar services have popped up and proved to be immensely popular. These sites have offered a service which caters to people’s shorter attention spans and the need people have to get connected instantly. The majority of video chat sites don’t even require users to sign-up, simply navigate to the site and away you go.
This is just one appeal of video chat sites. Many PCs and laptops come equipped with a webcam, however, they rarely get used. Video chat sites have changed this forever, making webcams an essential part of any computer. On a video chat site you simply click start and you are connected with another person who you’ve never met before from any part of the world. This is a hugely exciting experience and one which social media networks are unable to provide. The ability to chat to hundreds of people every hour on these video chat sites allows people to relax and enjoy themselves without any worry.
In conclusion, social media networks are still going strong but are desperately trying to keep up with new methods of communicating. One such method which has them worried is video chat sites, a form of communication which is the future.