Study of Chatroulette Investigates User Demographics
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2010 Mar 17
I've posted before about the website Chatroulette, and it's wise to keep your kids away from this increasingly popular site. A recent study of who is using Chatroulette was recently posted on TechCrunch. Here's what investigators found:
Chatroulette is 89% Male, 47% American, And 13% Perverts
User Ages: About 20% of users were under 20, about 70% were in their 20s & 30s, and about 10% were over 40.
If you've ever used Chatroulette, you probably noticed that not everyone is there just to chat. Some users, which we have affectionately labeled "perverts," fit into any of these three categories:
- Appear to not be wearing any clothes whatsoever
- Are displaying explicit nudity
- Appear to be committing a lewd act
The overall pervert rate in Chatroulette is 13%. This means about 1 in 8 chat sessions will have something decidedly Rated R (or NC-17) on the other end. Of the perverts that were identified, only 8% were female. Combined with the overall female rate, that means less than 1% of chats feature a female pervert.