Cybersex is all about fantasy - keep it annonymous
Given the increased availability of high speed internet services, more and more people are taking their sex lives online via the internet. Open minded singles and couples are flocking to online chat rooms, several of which now feature text, voice and video chatting options. It’s a whole new way of hooking up for those who get a thrill from either being an exhibitionist, a voyeur, or both.
We wanted to investigate this new trend by visiting one of the top rated video chat rooms, HotMatch.com. We chose this site because it is one of the few that lets you browse chat rooms and video feeds without the need for a paid membership.
The first thing that caught our eye was the number of people who are engaging in cybersex. Over the course of our 5 day evaluation, we logged on at various times of the day. At any given time, there were over 2,000 people broadcasting their private sex lives using their home web cams. In addition to this, the large selection of chat rooms (and they do cover just about every fetish you can imagine) were always fully populated with members seeking private one-on-one video or audio connections. There is no doubt that safe sex has gone online, and that exhibitionism is alive and well in the internet age.
And not all of this exhibitionism is happening in real time. Many users, especially couples, are now posting their homemade webcam sex videos in the HotMatch.com video archive, a special section of the site where users can submit their homegrown naughtiness with the community at large. While we could browse the titles and thumbnails of these videos, watching the actual movies required a monthly membership (which starts at a modest $7.99 per month).
Using a chat portal such as HotMatch.com does help with your online privacy, as a third party is managing video and audio connections, making it harder for someone to trace your IP address. Regardless of this, you should always keep in mind that web cam sex play is all about fantasy – it is not a substitute for a healthy, real world social interaction. Given this reality, it is very important to maintain 100% anonymity when engaging in online sexual behaviour.
Webcam Sex Safety Tips and The Online Sex Chat Software Toolkit are two must read articles with useful information on maintaining online privacy when practicing cybersex.