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Is Chatroulette Good or Bad?

Chatroulette: Love It or Leave It?

What started as kind of a social experiment created just for fun by a 17-year-old Russian whiz kid has turned into an Internet phenomenon. Besides trending on Twitter and even being recognized by a New York Times article, the site has users and nonusers alike buzzing about its sites pros and cons. Basically, Chatroulette is a random social networking site that uses webcams to pair random users for chatting — a kind of speed-dating for social interaction.

Using the site is simple. As long as your computer has a webcam, just log on to Chatroulette and click play. You're then paired with a random stranger from anywhere in the world to talk (or not talk) to. Concerns around the site stem from the obvious: inappropriate behavior. The site contains a disclaimer: "Chatroulette does not tolerate broadcasting obscene, offending, pornographic material and we will have to block users who violate these rules from using our service." Of course a small disclaimer won't prevent everyone from engaging in terms of service violations, so users understandably run that risk. The problem is that it leaves the door wide open for a lot of scariness — getting paired with an ugly naked guy is one thing, but thinking about all of the other inappropriate uses is a little mind-blowing. On the flip side, the randomness of the social website is exciting and, when used properly, could be pretty cool. I haven't used the service yet (I'm a little shy, OK?), so I can't voice a definitive opinion. What do you think?

Source: BuzzFeed

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unsafelogingo unsafelogingo 5 years
Chatroulette has a lot in common with real life going out. 30% Normal = normal (not being remembered) 30% Dirty guy = dirty guy on dance floor or too drunk person 10% Group kids = 12 yr old going out for first time 10% Group girls = potential victimes ;) 10% Girl alone = potential score Yes, 1 out of 10 people is potential score, just like in real life.
slimshady16 slimshady16 7 years
I mean looking at the comments about this site it is the most perverted site and it is just used for dudes who cant get laid so i call it a fricking joke god man who in thier right mind would go on this site except for petifiles.just making my point it is most not likely for kids what if ur kids got on that site i am all for banning the site
suziryder suziryder 7 years
I've seen way too many weird screen captures from chatroulette on reddit to ever want to give it a try.
mandaleebee mandaleebee 7 years
way way way too many penises
misscococherie misscococherie 7 years
Haha omg I tried it out last night and the first one was an ugly naked dude jerking off I closed it. I'll use it again with friends and maybe after a few drinks to have some good laughs.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 7 years
Um, after reading the post, I was excited to try it. After reading the comments, notsomuch. ;o)
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
I actually did it for the first time the other night!! there are actually quite a lot of dudes jerking off on camera and it's a little unsettling but it's fun with a friend or two, specially while inebriated. My sister and I had a lot of fun chatting with random people :) it's the most fun when people forget that they have audio transmitting too!
Claire-Underwear Claire-Underwear 7 years
True story, Al and rocketstail. But it's like a car wreck, you can't look away.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I'm too afraid to try it. But this is too cute: Maybe you'd get lucky and get paired with someone like that!
rocketstail rocketstail 7 years
Out of curiosity I decided to try out Chatroulette for the first time yesterday.. my first companion was a boy who said "hi bb" and asked to see my boobs. Needless to say, I logged off and vowed never to return.
magickalrealism magickalrealism 7 years
I think it's one of those things I'll do after a few martinis with some friends, so we can share our collective snark fairy to mock the various indecent exposures we'll see. I might make a few signs first, too.
Al-Pavangkanan Al-Pavangkanan 7 years
Typical chatroulette session: penis, penis, penis, jerk, bunch of kids, penis, penis, bunch of kids, penis, jerk, penis, normal person
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