When I used the sites, my heart rate increased uncomfortably; even though I knew I couldn't be "found," I still felt nervous about being seen.
I also felt a surprising twinge of rejection and even hurt when people disconnected from me.
Nothing wrong with a little Truth or Dare, but the stakes seem a lot scarier here.
"Personally," wrote AF, 17, "I think [Chatroulette] is a little unsettling so I don't use it." Unsettling is indeed the word.
Chatroulette works pretty much the same way, except instead of a text that pops up, it's a video.
You allow the website to turn on your computer's camera, and you're off.
GK, 17, says, "Chatroulette has a fine line between funny and a good time to creepy and borderline pedophile.
You, or your partner, can always disconnect at will.It completely lowers your self-esteem as a person and makes you feel worthless.No one will act like themselves on these sites." What I Think I understand the appeal of both of Omegle and Chatroulette.AF thinks these sites are okay as long as girls stay smart.She advises girls to remember that "people are probably going on with the intention of upsetting the other 'stranger'" and not to take anything you hear too seriously. When you log on and face a man's exposed genitals, it's like a porn reality show.