Online voyeurs are flocking to the random thrills of an 'addictive' new website that links strangers' webcams.
The new website that has been described as 'surreal', 'addictive' and 'frightening' is proving a sensation around the world and attracting a reputation as a haven for no-holds-barred, explicit material.
When users visit the site and switch on their webcams, they are suddenly connected to another, randomly chosen person who is doing precisely the same thing somewhere else in the world.
Once they are logged in together, chatters can do anything they like: talk to each other, type messages, entertain each other - or just say goodbye, hit the 'next' button and move on in an attempt to find somebody more interesting. A large contingent of people seem intent on using the service's string of random connections as the basis for some sort of sex game.
I have visited the site - all in the name of research you understand - and I saw many young people just sitting staring blankly at their webcams. It was rather sad to think that some of the younger generation find this a form of entertainment. Me, I'd much rather read a book or go for a walk, but perhaps that's because I didn't see anyone on the site who looked over 25!
Oops, nearly forgot to give you the link if you want to have a look, it is Chatroulette.