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It was in 1998 when I first got the taste of online chatting. YM and other instant messenger systems were virtually non-existent at that time (although AIM released their first version in 1997, it was practically unknown at that period). IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, ruled the chatting world then. The late 90s saw the monumental interest and passion toward Internet in the Philippines, so you could just imagine how hooked and hyped Filipino geeks were with the web. So when a friend introduced me to the wonder world of online fantasy — boom! — it hit me. In no time, I instantly went gaga over the net.

Who wouldn't get hooked with this technology? In a chatroom, you can bask in different identities. You can shroud yourself with another personality. You can either act like a pious saint or behave like a wicked asshole, and nobody can figure out what you really are. Usually, chatrooms become the outlet of your evil self — the bitch side of you. Once inside, you can blow your own trumpet. You can act like a big cheese. You can cry wolf. You can spit on the face of a person you hate (of course, in an "Internet action"). You can lie, you can curse, you can preach — it's all up to you. But while all these bells and whistles may enchant you and get you hooked, it can also get you in trouble. If you are in a cyber world and you act like a babe in a woods, you'll be a loser. Stupidity has no place in the Internet. Online romance, get-rich-quick scheme, etc. — these are just some of the stuff you need to familiarize yourself with. Newbies or users who are new in the Internet are usually the target because they are so gullible they think the real world and online world co-exists together. And it's usually too late before they get their senses back.

My girlfriend and I have had scores of arguments over the intention or direction (if there is any) that people, or I to be more specific, have in joining some online chatrooms and forums. So what's with the chatting and forums? There are five intentions I can think of:

1) romance (may include sex)
2) friendship/company
3) money
4) intellectual pursuit/information/knowledge
5) plain adventure (when bored)

Frankly, no. 1 was my first intention. I was in my college and my hormonal universe that time was in overdrive. And there comes number 2, but it was really vital to number 1. I mean, most romantic relationships, whether meaningful or not, start with friendship, right? LOL (the moves). What about money? Nah. Intellectual pursuit? Not at that time. Plain adventure? Nah. That would be too expensive. I hate to admit but aside from my cellphone bill, my Internet escapades burned my pocket really fast. I usually ran out of money before weekends came. All I wanted was a romance. Talk about being desperate. LOL!

Noon yun. Pramis! (I know some will raise eyebrows haha). Chatting today or joining forums, for me, are just mainly for number 4. Friendship will not be out of the picture completely, but that is not my intention anymore. Friendship will just come. No more silly cyber romance. Wallowing in the world of fantasy is not my cup of tea anymore. I've gotten over all these Internet hypes except this blog. That's what I can do best while lingering on the crazy world of Internet.
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Nyvrem said...
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Dec 15, 2006, 6:16:00 AM  
nyvremzurc said...

err. bakit ba yung gmail ang nagamit ko? anyway, lumalabas na talaga kung sino ang may "edad" na hahaha.

teka matanong ko nga. nafulfill mo ba yung number 1? heh :D

Dec 15, 2006, 6:19:00 AM  
Anonymous said...

Wahahaha! Yep. Pero hindi "love" yun. Tingin ko kahibangan yun. Obsession. Ganun naman talaga kapag bago ka lang sa internet, madali kang maniwala, madali kang mahulog sa patibong. Pero, okay na rin. Experience din kasi yun.-- jordan

Dec 15, 2006, 7:46:00 AM  
Anonymous said...

hmmp kuya nung mga panahon pala na wala pa kong idea sa chat.. ikaw adik na wakekekek

Dec 15, 2006, 3:11:00 PM  
ranberzul said...

patay, may binura si big boss na comment... hahaha

nag start ako mag chat 1999... ang mahal pa ng bayad sa internet... 40 pesos per hour sa tabi-tabi... tapos nag internet din ako dati sa mall (millenium cafe) , 70 pesos pa ang fee per hour.... ngayon barya-barya na lang.

Dec 15, 2006, 5:34:00 PM  
blue3 said...

galing sa panahon ng IRC ang topic na nai-post ko sa noon, hindi ko naman akalain na pareho pala tayo ng pinagdaanan pagdating sa chat. Pero hindi naman ako ganun ka addict. Tanging ang three types of person in IRC ang naiwan alaala sa akin. nakanaks! ang drama!

3 Types of Person in IRC ring

The 1st type
The 1st type being those who present themselves in this forum with their 'secondary personality'. Usually all of us consists of multiple personalities, and in everyday life, what we present to the world is the 'primary personality', with the secondary one being suppressed, or maybe we don't even realized this other trait of us deep inside. So internet is the place where this side of us is revealed, both intentionally or without conscious knowledge."

2nd type
"The 2nd types are those who will transform themselves into the kind of man/woman he/she would want to be. There’s bound to be 1 or 2 characteristics that u particularly admire, too bad, sometimes these characteristics are just couldn’t be found in u. cyberspace is the perfect location for this transformation to occur."

Type 3
type 3 will be those who transform themselves into characters which are impossible for them to become in real life. for example, if u r a gal, you may act as a man on net. you may even become BATMAN or SUPERMAN if u want."

"the 1st type is the 'faithful' type, 'cos its his own personality that is being presented on net.

the 2nd type is the 'foolish' type, 'cos he knows only how to admire others, always forgets his own strong pts.

the 3rd type is the 'pathetic' type, 'cos he is wishing 4 some impossible."

Dec 15, 2006, 5:44:00 PM  
princess said...

hehe talagang diniscuss ni kuya wilson :p.. anu kaya ung nidelete ni kuya jordan hmmm :-?

Dec 16, 2006, 7:35:00 PM  
kuchi said...

kuch, "pramis" yan ha? hehehe.

i do admit that a i'm bit i'm wary when it comes to chat and forums, mainly because of the intentions of certain people who engage in those. basta harmless lang and hindi karir, oks lang yun. see? i'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. hahaha! or cguro dahil hindi rin kasi hindi ako na-expose sa ganyan? i mean hindi kasi ako na-addict sa chat. nung time nasubukan ko, puro manyak and walang sense naka-usap ko that time. haha!

Dec 18, 2006, 5:46:00 PM  
edson said...

huy pup haha ano yan ha? alam ko number 1 lang un sayo palagi haha! basta ako hinde ko alam kung bakit ako nag chat hehe.

Feb 8, 2007, 5:38:00 AM  
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