There are also a plethora of message boards if you don't prefer real-time chatting.
They allow you to find topics that interest you, then post your thoughts on them and read what other teens have to say.
Unless you were on a listserv, that was as good as a social network as we knew it. Being masked was critical armor to navigate the landscape.
Instant messaging on the computer has become the phone for kids today.
Children spend hours chatting online with their friends, and sometimes with strangers.
If you enjoy gabbing with your peers and want to continue when school is out, chat rooms are a great place to meet other like-minded people your age and maybe even engage in lighthearted flirting.
Alternatively, if you are too shy to flirt in school but still want to kick back and banter with other teens, the Internet provides you anonymity. Just click on the enter button and introduce yourself.
It may take a few seconds for the room to appear, but it shouldn't take more than a minute.