Chatroulette Log 1

6:05pm – 6:45pm, Sunday March 21

Rules

I will not disconnect from anyone myself. Whenever someone comes on screen, I’ll smile and wave. I will not type first, but wait for the other person(s) to disconnect or begin to communicate.

1 guy. No response. Disconnected. 1 guy. Disconnected before wave. 1 guy. Disconnected before wave. 1 guy (no face). Disconnected before wave. 1 guy. Disconnected before wave. 1 person. Disconnected before wave. 1 guy. Disconnected before wave. 1 guy. Chatted a bit 6:10 – 6:11. He was from Manchester, England. 1 guy. Touching himself. Disconnected too fast. 1 person. Off camera. Disconnected after wave. 1 guy. In shadows. Disconnected after wave. 1 young woman/girl, disconnected before wave. 1 “be right back” sign. 1 guy – no working cam. Chatted a bit:

Connected Partner: cam out Partner: here You: so you can see others they just can’t see you? Partner: grrrrrrmmmmmmbl Partner: not always You: so what do you do on here? this is my first time checking it out. Partner: checking out also but crapcam Partner: think its bad connection You: what kind of computer? Partner: anyway nothing special here Partner: pc acer Partner: lots of kids Partner: feeling real old You: yeah You: i keep wondering when whoever owns this is going to get into deep trouble with kids having access to it Partner: luckily have no more kids here))) You: especially considering the amount of guys who seem to take this as an invitation to . . . er, “show off” Partner: who s getting profit out of this? Partner: yeah why not women? You: I don’t know. maybe we are all being recorded for and they are going to blackmail some of the people based on what they do here You: that would be one way to generate income Partner: great You: where are you from? Partner: earth You: good answer. 🙂 Partner: europe Partner: arent you? You: from earth? You: yes You: but north america. united states. rhode island. providence. east side. Partner: east side well well Partner: i west side Partner: brussels Partner: which is east of rhode island Partner: confusing no You: 🙂 You: well, it could be west if you went the long way around Partner: i prefer the long way overland You: one of my favorite bands is from belgium You: dEUS Partner: aaaaaa Partner: a band Partner: not a brand Partner: of beer Partner: yes dEUS from antwerp Partner: sorry for missing cam. Partner: i tried to make a drawing You: no prob. like i said, just checking it out. and don’t mind chatting a bit. You: a drawing of what? Partner: myself Partner: mm let me see, like yourself, shorter beard more hairy on top no glasses Partner: Partner: and grey(( Partner: no not gandalf! You: well, grey is better than balding. You: 🙂 Partner: one gets used Partner: turning grey Partner: is this thing a hype? Partner: or will this be our future Partner: world as a village Partner: without pubs(((( You: i think it’s hyped up. it’s too boring and people aren’t actually all that friendly. it seems that most people using it are looking for a certain kind of experience to watch You: a world without pubs would be a sad thing indeed! Partner: well we all are kind of voyeurs no? You: true. Partner: and its safer talking to someone here than on undergroundtrain You: maybe. but there’s a hollowness to this. a lack of repercussions that sees to short-circuit actual connection. You: human contact always involved some sense of risk in the real world: of hurt feelings, of misunderstandings, etc You: here, i just press f9 and on to another person Partner: badbreath You: that too Partner: well i m off to bed, night at this side of atlantic You: have a good night. take care Partner: same 2u Partner: where is the exit? You: the pause button You: or f8 Partner: thx))) > Your partner disconnected. Reconnecting…

Disconnected before wave. Disconnected before wave. 1 guy touching himself. Disconnected before wave. 1 guy eating a pickle. Disconnected before wave. 2 women. Chatted:

Connected Partner: she likes you You: she doesn’t even know me. 🙂 Partner: how do you look i mean You: Thanks. You’re both pretty darn cute yourselves Partner: from? Partner: thanks Partner: =))))))))))))) You: Rhode Island. You: you? Partner: guess You: England? You: Is it in Europe? Partner: half Europe/// You: Can’t really see it well, not focusing You: chicken? your from roostervania? Partner: from country of roosters You: so . . . i should be able to get this from your clues right. You: Remember, American public education not so good at the geography and learning about other countries (much to your chagrin) Partner: frozen Partner: freaks You: greenland Partner: your tea is teasty? You: indeed You: both tasty and teasty You: though it may be time to switch to guinness You: cool magnets Partner: with our symbolics You: yeah. i figured. You: holland? Partner: we’re from russia You: ahh. You: sorry. You: dumb americans > Your partner disconnected.

Conclusions

I think Chatroulette is hyped up and will bore people quickly. It reinforces the notion that if you give guys anonymity and a camera, there are a lot of them who don’t realized that seeing their genitals just makes the rest of us laugh and, at least in this day and age, serves as a point of humor rather than shocking or disturbing us. Especially if you go into the situation, like you would logging into Chatroulette, expecting it. From a socialogical point of view, it’s fascinating to see how people interact and what they are trying to get out of something like this.

Have you bothered to check it out? What do you think?

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