Conversations in the dark: How young people manage chatroom relationships

Rob Walker, Babis Bakopoulos

Abstract



This paper reports a small number of interviews with young people in Athens about their use of Internet chatrooms as a means of meeting people. In the last few years there has been a growing public concern about the dangers of socialising with strangers in chatrooms, but what do the users themselves think about the risks involved, and what strategies have they adopted to manage these risks? Some of the practices adopted by these young people are surprising and counter to the conventional advice given by official authorities.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v10i4.1223



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