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The Dizzying Virtual World of Chatroulette

Here’s one way Chatroulette has been described: “It’s like speed-dating the entire Internet.”

If you’ve got a camera and a microphone, then you too can participate in ChatRoulette–a kind of chat room with audio and video connecting, on average, 20,000 users around the world.

I only read about it today; when I gave it a test-whirl, I was both fascinated and repelled. It’s even got the attention of the family-values commentators at Good Morning America.

What exactly is it? It’s a bit of an amalgam of everything: Talking in a completely virtual environment in real time. Savoring the ability to boot your chat partner off with the click of a button (or have that person boot you). ChatRoulette is definitely a dizzying experience. I ended up chatting with a bloke in the U.K. until I was unceremoniously booted; then I, in turn, kicked off someone who was boring me.

If we lamented the short attention span of kids before, ChatRoulette is going to push Luddites over the edge.

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  1. […] Along with three million, eight hundred forty-six thousand, six hundred and sixteen viewers–at last count–I watched this YouTube user interacting with strangers on ChatRoulette. […]

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