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Chatroulette: Webcam Russian Roulette with Porn
At any one time, there might be tens of thousands in the world logging onto the latest social networking site, Chatroulette,
Designed by a 17yr old Russian, it is both genius and insidious for the user. Basically, log on with no security or passwords, press the correct button and instantly some sort of connection occurs with someone else in the world via web cams. You have zero control with whom you get except for the ability to terminate the transmission and move onto another total pervert or stranger. Because you, the user, have no control over it, that is part of the attraction- the surprise element of the next web-cam. The other attraction is a sort of voyeurby intruding into some one's private affairs.
The REAL downside is that for any meaningful friendship is slim. Within a few minutes of perusing, one encounters men masturbating, naked women, sex acts and you name it. About 1 out of 30 encounters is someone not doing some sort of porn thing, someone just lonely or bored, trying to communicate with another somewhere.
The total anonymity of everyone using it is one of its safeguards. No one knows anything about the other person unless they want them to do know via instant email. At first, the roulette effect is appealing but after a bit, it is boring. Chatroulette would be better if there were some filtering abilities for the user, such as:
1. Ability to filter porn material
2. Ability only to see men or women (right now, most using it are men)
3. Ability to receive web cams from only selected parts of the world
4. Maybe some info of where people are when chatting
As it is, Chatroulette has about 30-60,000 users daily worldwide. The interesting thing about this is that you can use it WITHOUT a web-cam. You will connect and see someone, yet they will not be able to see you. Usually, most disconnect within five seconds, but it does work.
Children and teenagers should stay off it or be blocked from getting to the site, the porn material seen instantly is just to prevailing.
Chatroulette is a brand new service for one-on-one text-, webcam- and microphone-based chat with people around the world.