Lover roulette chat

The experience of being beamed into a stranger's bedroom feels intrusive and unsettling and has worrying implications for teenagers who are more used to sharing personal information on the web.

Some commentators say the website is a throwback to the heady early days of the web and the first experimental chatrooms.

Trying to be friendly we introduced ourselves but it was soon clear it was going to be an awkward encounter.

Armed with a friend and a large mug of tea I logged on and nervously entered the chat room. There are two boxes on the left side of the page for the webcam feeds - one for you and one for your 'partner'.

On the right is a larger text box where you chat via typed messages. Our first match was with a teenage girl, who hid her face under long lank brown hair.

At any given time, tens of thousands of people may be logged on.

Recently there have been cases of Jo Public finding themselves face to face with celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher and Kelly Osbourne.

For my part I hope we have learned to be more cynical and less trusting since then.

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