When I used the sites, my heart rate increased uncomfortably; even though I knew I couldn’t be “found,” I still felt nervous about being seen.
I also felt a surprising twinge of rejection and even hurt when people disconnected from me.
Add that to the site’s video game feel — it actually refers to itself as a “game,” and you can click “new game” to start to “play” – and you’ve got an experience in which users are totally desensitized to what they’re seeing and doing. Many say that using Chatroulette in groups often results in girls daring each other to flash people on camera, or write or say sexual things.
That, says GK, “is where it turns bad.” Is this peer pressure 2.0?
This is entertainment for them and some girls think it’s just as entertaining to go along with it.” On Omegle, says JS, “almost half the time you log onto the site, the first thing the stranger you get connected to says ‘slutty?
These chat sites do something similar for sexting, making it “safer” because there’s virtually no chance of a peer or relative finding out.
Chatroulette isn’t all about sex, but there sure is a lot of it.
You can easily switch to chat with another user by clicking “stop” or “next;” so can your partner.
In the five times I tried as I was writing this, I got two masturbating men (with tight shots of their exposed genitals), two men’s faces, and one man who texted “baby like China sex.” Did I mention a ton of teen girls frequent this site? You can pretend you’re famous or look for the celebs who supposedly use the sites, ask silly questions, or save random conversations to laugh about with your friends later. “I’ve made some really great friends through [Chatroulette], especially people from France.” AW, 16, told me.