The icon is disguised as “My Utilities,” so no one will ever guess there are private photos tucked away in your phone.
But we are here to address the questions of why this is the case, what evidence there is to support these studies and these trends, and to set out what makes Internet chat rooms different from other venues.
Joining me today are several individuals, all of whom either as public health officials, researchers, safe sex advocates or some combination thereof, have a particular interest and expertise in Internet chat room use among MSM. Frank has worked on men's sex and health issues for more than 15 years. He is assistant research psychologist and has studied and worked on a number of community-based interventions among gay men.
The anonymous nature of chat rooms tends to inspire exaggerated behavior in otherwise normal, respectful people.
One commentator calls chat rooms "safety valves" for strong emotions, opinions and urges that most people can't, or wouldn't want to express in real life [source: The Industry Standard].
The anonymity of chat rooms also encourages people to share unabashed opinions.