Never Going On Chatroulette Again!

Since I will be participating on Myspace this semester for my practicum project, I have chosen to spend some time on Chatroulette for this blog post.  I have been on Chatroulette once before about a year and half ago with a few friends to check out what all the commotion was about.  The purpose of the site is to go on and chat with strangers with no expectations of who or what will pop up on the screen as you move to and from different chats.  The site was really popular at first and I actually remember that we ran into some of our other friends who were on the site as well which was funny.  However a lot of the times that we moved into the next chat there were a lot of grown men doing inappropriate things and exposing themselves which I found disgusting.

Since I have not been on the site in a while I was curious to see if it is still as popular as it used to be and also to see if it has changed at all.  I found that there was still a lot of inappropriate activity going on.  Many of the chats I entered involved young teens that did not speak at all and it was pitch dark in the room they were in.  Then, like I expected there were a lot of perverted older men showing their private parts as well.  I did however run into some normal people who just wanted to chat and have fun (some of them were even foreign and did not speak English), which I believe is the main purpose of the site even though it is not used appropriately.  Furthermore I have found that the only thing that has changed about Chatroulette is that it is not as popular as it was when it first came out.  Similarly to Nick’s findings I agree that the site serves as a platform for people to get away with doing disgusting things on the site.  Realistically I do not believe that a friendship can be built through meeting another person on this site and that it is just used for fun.

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