The two sensations are key to the buzz around chat forums Chatroulette and Omegle, in which strangers are randomly connected with each other online.Both developed by teenagers - Chatroulette by 17-year-old Russian Andrey Ternovskiy and Omegle by 18-year-old American Leif K Brook - the main difference between them is that a webcam is required for Chatroulette.There are charming stories of emerging characters like the "piano man" who improvises songs to the chat buddies that he encounters.There's also the potential thrill of a brush with a celebrity - popstar Katy Perry has said she is a fan of the site.However there are far more unsavoury stories of people clicking "next" only to be faced with genitals and various sexual acts.
"It's certainly dangerous for children and young people. "If you've got to go in, go in with a very open mind." Social Psychologist Professor Martin Skinner however, has a more relaxed view.When you log on, if you don't like the person you see (or what they're doing) you hit "next" (or "disconnect" on Omegle) and automatically get a new, equally random connection. Vlogger verdict Video blogger Casey Neistat made a video about his experiences of using Chatroulette.During filming 19 out of 20 of his random chat buddies clicked away from him in under three seconds.While it was hurtful he soon found that his own Chatroulette behaviour was equally fickle."After I got comfortable 'nexting' people I realised I would definitely next me too, I really only pause on pretty girls," he says on his video.