This paper reports a small number of interviews with young people in Athens about their use of Internet chatrooms as a means of meeting people.
In the last few years there has been a growing public concern about the dangers of socialising with strangers in chatrooms, but what do the users themselves think about the risks involved, and what strategies have they adopted to manage these risks?
I cannot have been the only child of the Clinton era to have stumbled on the porn site doing social-studies homework.
She placed more emphasis on expanding your horizons than on safety. “Are you ready to embark on a mission to learn about the expansive range of sexual expression? The chat abbreviations that Levine lists — like ASAP and LOL — now seem so obvious that it is hard to remember that they once needed defining. Decent webcam technology and the bandwidth needed to transmit high-quality images were still a few years off.
“Of course, of course, they are all related,” said Lofti, pointing out though that there are still no official statistics to support this correlation.
“We receive many complaints from women who want a divorce because their husbands are meeting other women in chat rooms and cheating on their wives.”According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, in 2007 an Egyptian couple files for divorce every six minutes, with a third of marriages in Egypt breaking up in the first year.
(It works with the i Vibe bullet.)Amir describes the company as something between Adult Friend Finder and "Just online dating? " he says, gesturing to the array of vibrators on the conference table.
He sees High Joy as the logical next step for those who enjoy making connections online.
Twenty-three-year-old Waleed uses the Internet to catch up on the news, check the latest football scores and also meet women. Three such cyber exchanges in fact led to face-to-face meetings.