The implication was that we were part of a mass movement—that yes, there really were eighteen hundred and thirty-two Jacob Savages who had already signed up for AOL, and that I was to be the 1833rd.Once connected—and during peak hours, it was virtually impossible to get through on the first try—there wasn’t all that much to do.Now it’s become an accepted, vital part of communication, more so than chat rooms (some services, like MSN, abandoned chat rooms altogether).Then it was adopted by business as a quick way for employees to keep in touch with each other and ask simple questions – faster than walking to another department or picking up the phone.These are just a few of the questions that will run through your mind after discovering a partner’s sexual betrayal and sex addiction. You want to, first, encourage the betraying-spouse to take care of himself or herself while you seek support.Next, don’t make any permanent or rash decisions while the feelings are raw and fresh.
In its infinite wisdom, AOL invariably suggested a four or five-digit number following any screenname.
Eventually, Will thought it was time to leave, and deserted his family. And no longer than I said that, a second didn’t go by, I heard a voice speak to my soul clearly, “You are not a quitter.” Telling me, “I’m here.
He went back to his familiar routing of drugs, alcohol and women. I had multiple relationship, he said.” I was dealing in the nightclubs and the strip clubs because I was empty, empty, empty. “And the car got closer and the voices intensified and that’s when I decided to say, and cry out to God and say, ‘If you’re really out there God, are you willing to help me? That’s all I needed you to do is cry for help.” Will pulled over.
All of which makes it no surprise that chat rooms have been around since the earliest days of the commercial Internet.
First the portals like Compuserve and AOL offered their own rooms, then IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, offered a wide-ranging, uncensored way to talk online, both in chat rooms and individually.