You then have the choice of either chatting to them or disconnecting and being matched with another user from around the globe.Hal Niedzviecki, author of 'The Peep Diaries', said: 'Chatroulette is stark because it feels like television.
My mum thought I was over at my friend’s house the whole time.’It would be easy to assume that such a degrading experience would put Becky off internet ‘dating’ for ever.
But as an overweight, insecure teenager, she was desperate for the empty compliments that were showered on her in return for sexual favours — and the encounter was to mark the start of a five-year addiction to having sex with men she met on the internet.
Still reeling from our first experience we were next confronted with a large red sign that asked 'Want to see me naked? His English wasn't good and we resorted to a Spanish dictionary to communicate.
He said it was 25C where he was, we replied it was raining in the UK. Our last link-up of the evening was with two carpenters in their twenties who said they lived in Jylland in Denmark. Again the conversation was mundane - it turns out it's snowing in Scandinavia.
Yet it had already attracted nearly one million unique users in January according to com Score.
At any given time, tens of thousands of people may be logged on.
It felt like being stuck in a lift with someone when you can't think what to say.
After a few monosyllabic answers she leaned forward and disconnected. We were then confronted by a bearded man in his thirties lazing on his sofa.
It's like sitting in front of the TV flipping channels, except the people are real.'Parents will likely be horrified by the idea their children can connect face to face with strangers in their bedrooms.