However, I just celebrated the 41st anniversary of my 10th birthday so maybe I am just a crusty curmudgeon.
I hit the double-nickel later this year, so I think I have a year or two on you. I work on computers and network equipment for a living and thank my mom every day for making me take a Typing 1 class my senior year in high school. I was the only senior, two juniors, the rest were sophomores - and yes, I was on an old manual typewriter to learn.
But getting back to the topic of a Chat Room, I agree that it would need to be monitored 24/7, something that BF and the other moderators don't have the time or $$ to support.