(As a video created for the showed, Chatroulette is comprised of “71% men, 15% women, 14% perverts.”) I asked the same questions of all my Chatroulette liaisons: where did they live and why were they lurking around Chatroulette?The answer to the second question was nearly a resounding reply all across the globe: “I was curious.” For some, that curiosity was for the supernatural pairing of naked breasts and “talking,” for others it was an individual or group hunt for “weird shit.” One reticent Swede leaned his head against the wall and considered my question.
Every status update or photo we share online becomes an indelible tattoo of where we’ve been and who we’ve been with." In contrast, Chatroulette is a social site that allows you to navigate incognito.
There’s no login, there’s no registration, and that’s fundamentally different from Facebook and Twitter, where your real persona is tied back to you,” said Sarita Yardi, a doctoral candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology who studies the role of technology in teenagers’ lives.
Last Friday night, I found myself looking into the faces of three boys, all about 13 years old, at the top left of my computer screen.
Shut away in a small, dim room somewhere in Los Angeles, they crowded together, staring expectantly at their monitor.
I watched for several seconds trying to figure out if the boot was actually entering her body. The site relies on the fact that Chatroulette connects users directly to each other (assumedly in an effort to save bandwidth) and in doing so exposes IP addresses.