Chat room relationships

Year: 2004

Author: Walker, Rob, Bakopoulos, Babis

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

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