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Nowadays nearly every American knows how to access the Internet on a basic level. Being online can mean a variety of things—conducting research, communicating with family and friends, shopping, working— but merely browsing the web has become a hobby. Also known as “web surfing,” internet browsing means rapidly moving from one web page to another for entertainment. Like web surfing, there are dozens of other terms exclusive to the internet that have become part of ordinary.
Blogs have become common and are a popular journaling style unique to cyber culture. Blogging (from the expression “web logging”) is the act of adding content to a particular website and publishing the content so that it is available to other to view. Some bloggers maintain their blog as a type of daily journal to record their thoughts and writing and get international feedback. However, it is important to not include too much personal information on your blog.
Online chatting is also a popular way to communicate with distant friends, or make new ones. Chat rooms provide a medium for talking via typing to other people in real time. However, chat rooms are also a place where your identity is self-determined, allowing anyone with internet access to enter and type what they want. These dangers have led to the creation of private chat rooms, or monitored chat rooms that censor inappropriate data and have the ability to eject offensive chatters from the site. With all internet applications there exists a certain amount of freedom and facility, but it is important to exercise caution when web surfing, blogging, or chatting online.