Ever since we have been old enough to listen and comprehend, our parents have always taught us that it is dangerous to talk to strangers. Does this advance change when we become adults? Does it automatically make it okay to talk to strangers once we get wiser in life? If it did, it just would not make any sense. After all, being wiser means making wiser decisions, right?
Well this may not be the case when it comes to interacting online. The truth is we engage in talking with strangers all the time in social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. You might say that these interactions are harmless because it is one on one anonymous chat which we are in control of anyway. But what happens when these conversations become random?
There are many random chat roulette sites online where meeting random strangers in cam to cam video chat is the norm. This means that just like in the dangerous game of Russian roulette, you are not sure of what you are going to get. You may meet someone really nice or you may just meet a psychopath. Either way, that is the game that many people are playing nowadays.
These types of social networks are growing so fast that is has emerged ever so strong in the gay community. One of the more popular random chat sites Omegle has sparked many copycat Omegle style gay talk to strangers websites. These free gay chat websites has given a platform for predators that want to target gay men. Recently, a gay man was robbed after meeting someone in one of these sites.
Some people may want to waive the incident as a random occurrence that could have happened anywhere, but I see it differently. In my opinion, carelessness online will eventually lead into more of these incidents if we do not take the necessary precautions now to curb this type of activity. Playing random chat roulette online may be exciting and fun, but the consequences can also be deadly.
While I hate to sound like the party pooper, it is obvious that some actions have to be taken to remove the complete anonymous nature of joining these sites. You must also remember, that the ability to stay anonymous allows for underage kids to join these site as well. When you start to combine one on one anonymous chat with predators and underage children, then this has become a totally different conversation.