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Cyberpsychol Behav. 2002 Feb;5(1):43-51.

Online chat rooms: virtual spaces of interaction for socially oriented people.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Jaume I University of Castellon, Spain.


The internet has opened a new social space for communication. The present work studies interpersonal relationships in cyberspace using the chat channel as an interaction medium. Data obtained have outlined the sociodemographic and personality profile of internet users who engage in online chats as well as group self-perception, chatters' use habits, motivations to interact online, and the chatters' network of virtual and face-to-face relationships. Results suggests that relationships developed online are healthy and a complement to face-to-face relationships. These data are confirmed by personality studies. The theoretical and methodological implications of data are discussed.

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