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Two very bizarre sites have appeared on the internet in the last year. which are both very unsettling; two new ways to get lucky on the internet. They are poorly labelled as Social networking sites or chat forums, which gives Social networking a whole new meaning.   

Someone once said that “The internet is for porn”   I feel that these sites are worse than your standard porn sites, they degrade the internet and disgraces us as users. We are worth more than this.   


Our own personal privacy obviously isn’t worth anything if this leading networking site is anything to go by – See here. 


Is this the future of the internet?  We moan about censorship but so much is unaccounted for.
 (check this out by the way you can use it to sort out your privacy settings on facebook)  http://www.reclaimprivacy.org/

Chatroulette


First up is Chatroulette.


You log on with your webcam and you see visions of strangers on your screen and of course they see you.  Then you hit next until you find someone you want to share this experience with. (this is called nexting) As long as you don’t mind nexting through the dirty old men fondling themselves, then this site might be for you. I’d go in with a very open mind if you were to try it.   It doesn’t sound like fun to me.  Yet it seems that millions of people use it. Maybe people do want the internet to be porn?


I can see how this site could appear to be fun.  There are some clips on YouTube that people find hilarious. Yet, however much I love to meet new people online and to learn about different worlds and cultures I wouldn’t choose to sign up for it for even for research purposes, and I am far from prudish.  My friend tried it and described her experience as “lots of old men’s penises flapping about on the screen” which was enough to put me off!


Chatroulette is crude and rude, I don’t believe it was intended this way but it sure has got a lot of interest because of how it has turned out.  Purely because people have just got out of control, they feel they don’t have to be accountable for their actions because they are behind a screen!


 Ah..The statistics – Chatroulette  users 71% men, 15% women and 14% perverts, while 83% were fairly young and 17% older people per a trial done by New York film-maker Casey Neistat http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2010/mar/08/chatroulette  – Its not rocket science.


The Chatroulette site actually states that it, “does not tolerate broadcasting obscene, offending, pornographic material” – oh really? Have they been on their own website at all?  What exactly are they saying constitutes pornographic material, I wonder?

There is a report button, but seriously, if you are visiting the site you should know what to expect.  

Gamecrush


And what about Game crush? Virtual prostitution, isn’t it?  Isn’t prostitution illegal in most places in real life?  I know this isn’t real-life but you are selling yourself right?  It’s something else that is demeaning.

Girls paid $30 dollars an hour to “play” with guys; guys that have to “pay” for girls, as they don’t have any real girls to play with. What sort of guys are they?   This is going to attract the kids and the perverts the same as Chatroulette does. You are supposed to be over 18 to play this but kids will get around that, exactly how they got around the over 13 limit on Facebook.

Gamecrush say this about monitoring games which makes you feel safe, NOT.  GameCrush does not monitor, moderate or otherwise control the interaction between its users. GameCrush encourages Players and PlayDates to respect one another while having fun. Encourages!

And if you think you’ll get a playdate that looks like this


Think again – I’d say more like this……..

These so called social networking sites, these games, are perhaps acceptable, if you are over 18, know what to expect and also want a little harmless fun. Although like chicken pox spots these things will start popping up all over the place, for people to scratch, its just the beginning. 


Just as we speak, I see a new one has popped up on Facebook!! 


Chatville – they say its “Chatroulette without cock” not my words, but we’ll see……. the only difference is people know who you are as your profile comes up. I wonder how many new anonymous accounts  this will encourage, good numbers for Facebook huh? 

 Do you think I am overeacting? Am I being a kill joy? 

How would you feel if  your daughter was on these sites, nexting people or getting paid to “play” with guys?  I suppose in all of this, that is what worries me, that these places are dangerous for our children. In my opinion they are creepy and gross and even though I’m not a psychic I can see the future headlines now.