Was Chathour a bad choice?Posted: December 3, 2011
In the closing weeks of my practicum project, I have been reflecting a lot on the entire process. Looking back, I realized my participation on the site was limited due to technological barriers. For example, I was not able to video chat with another user because either the connection was off, or our machines were not compatible. I also realized that me lying about my identity on the site probably made it difficult for me to fully participate. Perhaps if I was truthful about my purpose on the website, and I made it clear that I was a researcher, I would be getting more useful feedback. I was also thinking maybe I should have made a different choice with the chat room, and chosen a site with less inappropriate conversation. If I chose a more G-rated site, I may have gotten a better feel for what tweens are actually doing in chat rooms (other than talking about sex).
Regardless of all of these points, I feel that I did learn a lot from my experience on Chathour, and unfortunately I can’t go back now. I’m glad I chose one site and stuck to it.