Just like most people, I had MySpace way back in the day, so I know how it used to be and how it has evolved into something not used by many people anymore. From my guy friends, I have heard all about Chatroulette, so, needless to say, I didn’t really feel like engaging with random people on the website and possibly running into some X-rated material (and I’m also currently in the library, so I have a feeling it would’ve been extremely awkward for anyone who happened to gaze over at my computer to see I was on Chatroulette). What’s left? Of course, that leaves I-Dosing. I wanted to see what it was all about, since up until Section last week, I had never heard anything about it.
I started off Google-ing the term, and came across a news video titled, “Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Warning Parents About I-Dosing.” It discussed parent’s concerns about their children and the evolution of I-Dosing throughout society. I happen to think that they have an irrational concern. I am not someone who has ever heard of this term before, so this is all going off of my gained knowledge from tonight, but I feel that possibly it is a generational thing. The generation of current parents did not grow up with the technology that we have today, so anything “out of the ordinary” like I-Dosing which claims to “make people high” and “simulate drug use” from different frequencies and digital sounds absolutely scares adults to no end. The idea that technology and noise can do what I-Dosing claims it does makes worried parents react in a way which seems concerning.
I listened to a few videos tonight, which consisted of different pitches and levels of noise, and if anything, it reminded me of an airplane taking off from the runway, or a calming ocean. It did not seem like anything around me was changing, I was just clued in to how annoying it was, and spent my thoughts wishing it would stop. The YouTube videos of the reactions of teens portrayed an image that I-Dosing actually works, and I beg to differ. Curious teenagers want to experience this phenomenon, and in all honesty, its for nothing…I-Dosing, in my opinion, does absolutely nothing.
I was actually listening to the “Gates of Hades” I-Dosing video while writing this blog entry, since I saw in someone else’s post that was a common one, and I didn’t come across it in my studies…just like all of the others, it has not phased me at all (and now it’s even sounding like an annoying, moving train, which is making me laugh, but that’s just me and my imagination I guess). You know how after you go into an ocean you feel like you’re in waves hours later, where you can literally feel it after the fact? I thought that was what I-Dosing would be like. It wasn’t at all.
My experience with Chatroulette was a different one. In the five minutes I was on it I saw about 10 people and attempted to chat with 2 or 3 before it just creped me out. Maybe it’s an age thing. I know my little brother and his friends spend like hours on it randomly just messing around like high school kids do sometimes. All I know is it is for sure not for me.
I’ve heard some Chatroulette “horror stories”, if you will, from my brother and his friends, luckily my experience was not that dramatic. I’ve also read some other classmates experience with it and was not looking forward to checking it out. I would click and some random person would pop up on my screen. A couple of times I couldn’t understand what the other person was saying. On one hand I can see why people may like it because of the surprise element. On the other hand I’m sure there are a lot of people out there bringing a lot of x-rate content and that is a little scary. Overall, it was a different experience that I probably wouldn’t try again. However, it is kind of interesting to think that there is website like this that pairs you with a person that could be on the other side of the world and that so many people are interested it something like this.
Wow, I can start off this post by telling you all that my stomach dropped out of nervousness after being on Chatroulette for not more than 15 minutes, and that will be the last time I go on that site. When I was in the middle school, in my beginning teen-age years, I had a MySpace profile, but due to my little knowledge and interest in technology, I never updated it or viewed others’, but all of my friends had one. I had never even heard of the site Chatroulette until this assignment came up. So, today I went on the site, and little did I know, I would be talking to people I have never met, from all over the world. I also made sure to keep the volume of my computer on silent because I was unsure whether or not I would be able to hear the person, but out of fear, the last thing I wanted was to hear someone I have never spoken to before. The thoughts going in and out of my mind were, “What if he/she is child molester? a pedophile?” I had no clue what to expect. Anyway, the first person happened to be a 17 year-old boy from England. His light was also off, so I could not see his face. Therefore, he could have been a 65-year old man from who-knows-where. The stories that anybody can make up on these sites has no limits, especially when one cannot even see the physical appearance of the person. This “17-year-old boy” said he was from England and going to Cambridge University for college. I thought it was very interesting to speak to someone of another cultural background, but he could have said he was from anywhere. Although the site says that you are only allowed to use the camera application if you are 18+ there was nothing stopping this 17-year-old boy from using it. I then moved on to the next person, who had his shirt off. He said he was 19-years old and from Italy. I asked him why he goes on this site, and he said, “to meet girls.” I quickly moved on to the next person, and the next, and the next. I kept clicking, “next,” because each person was either an old man, or there was extremely inappropriate content on-screen! It was an appalling experience, and if I were to say that it is a way to meet new people, learn about other cultures through speaking to other people on these chats, every other negative opinion of mine about this site would overrule any positive aspects.
As Marwick’s article states truly, “Today, we live in a society where sexuality, has led to the modern spate of moral panics over children (Zgoba, 2004), including child abuse (Hacking, 1991), ritual sexual abuse (Victor, 1998), abductions by strangers (Zgoba, 2004), and pedophilia (Critcher, 2002).” I believe that sites like this one promotes this outbreak today. I have never witnessed more “online predators” than today while observing this site for as little as 15 minutes, but without my viewing it, I would never have known or received first-hand experience, where I am able to learn the most about the spread of moral panics of sexual harassment today (for example) through technology.