Paper: An Analysis of the Issue of Misuse of Internet Chat Rooms

The incidences and outcomes of these meetings have been well documented by the press over the course of the last year." Pedophilia is a great risk around the internet, and just one of the ways chat rooms may be misused. Because of the security that anonymity gives people, someone might do things on-line that they would not normally do, such as use profane language, crude humor, or sexually harass another internet user. Not only does this make the others around them uncomfortable, but it might also affect their psyche. For instance, say that a teenage girl logs onto a chat room, and another user, whether it be a male or female, young or old, begins verbally assaulting her or make lewd comments. Depending on the girl's emotional state, background, and current events in her life, the harassment could very well leave a mark emotionally, and might even cause severe repercussions. There are many chat servers, and even more genres of chat rooms. This fact makes the misuse of chat rooms somewhat widespread, though not uncommon The general consensus is that the genre of chat room affects how it is misused, as well as how often. As an example, let's use a Romance chat room, as opposed to a Teenage Angst/Depression chat room. Obviously, they are very different, and contain different types of people within. In the Romance chat room, one would expect to find a bit of innuendo, sexual harassment, and an assortment of pick-up lines. Because of the particular genre, it is fairly safe to say that these sort of things happen often. The Teenage Angst/Depression room, however, would, in all likelihood, be host to more profanity, crudeness, and violent outbursts. In fact, it would not be a surprise to find that people go to that chat room to vent after a hard day. As you can see, the misuse of chat rooms may or may not be directly harmful to a person, but the actions in chat rooms often show problems in society....