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random chatMany people get on sites such as Omegle Omegle - A Site Like ChatRoulette That Promises More Strangers To Talk To Omegle - A Site Like ChatRoulette That Promises More Strangers To Talk To Omegle matches you with random strangers for one-on-one text and video chats. At any given time, you will find thousands of people online and ready to chat. Unlike ChatRoulette, Omegle lets you to find chat... Read More and ChatRoulette 5 Hilariously Funny Webcam Pranks Found Online 5 Hilariously Funny Webcam Pranks Found Online As someone who frequents YouTube, I have to say that I love pranks. I think that they are some of the best things in the world! Without pranks, life would be incredibly dull, and I'm... Read More to meet exciting new people and have interesting conversations. However, a lot of the time, they will encounter several other different types of chat personas along the way. That said, it would seem as if not everybody is on these random chat sites just for a friendly chat…

However, I’ve narrowed down about five of these personas for you to take a look at (and I’ve even given them all a spiffy little name). All I ask is that you look through them and let me know if you’ve run into them before! Granted, these descriptions might be a little tame compared to what all of these chat-based 3 Video Chat Alternatives If You Get Bored With Chatroulette 3 Video Chat Alternatives If You Get Bored With Chatroulette Read More characters can do, but I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to them regardless.

The Lover

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It seems so often that there are people out on the Internet who use these random chat sites as a means to look for love 4 Of The Best Wedding Proposals On The Web 4 Of The Best Wedding Proposals On The Web Fact: I'm a romantic. I'm one of those guys who loves love, believes in strong, lasting relationships, and... well... watches chick flicks. I watch them quite often (don't judge me, okay?). Now, I'll be honest... Read More . (Granted, that love may be for only temporary purposes, but we’ll not get into the details of that.) However, the chat is always typical. The Lover will always ask for your age, sex, and location, and then he (rarely ever she) will proceed to seduce you with statements formed with poor grammar and horrible spelling.

The Non-English Speaker

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I’m not bashing people who are not native English speakers, but it always seems that chatroom-hoppers will cross at least one language barrier during their conversational adventures. It can often lead to quite a bit of confusion, but occasionally, it can be pretty cool. With web apps like Google Translate (or other similar tools Instant Translate - The Quickest, Easiest Way To Translate 66 Languages [Chrome] Instant Translate - The Quickest, Easiest Way To Translate 66 Languages [Chrome] Sometimes, in your travels around the Internet, you may encounter a website written in a language you do not understand. If you frequently need to translate text you encounter on the web, than you have... Read More ), you can get a rough idea of what the person is saying, and better yet, you can learn parts of another language.

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The Advertisement

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The Advertisement is akin to the Lover. Often, what starts out with a “romantically” infused opening line will turn into a blatant advertisement for some of the less flattering sites on the Internet. Otherwise known as bots, these little advertisements YouTube Options For Chrome Could Be The Best Way To Watch Videos Without Annoyances YouTube Options For Chrome Could Be The Best Way To Watch Videos Without Annoyances If you take a walk through MakeUseOf.com, you will come across many a reader either asking or discussing the best way to watch YouTube and its ocean of videos. Granted that YouTube is the Mecca... Read More can be quite the hassle. What makes it worse is that, for at least a little while, these bots can sometimes seem like actual people.

The Insane One

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Occasionally, you’ll mention someone absolutely crazy on these random chat websites. They often take on certain characters, and they will insist on acting like these personas for the entire duration of the conversation. These are the types of people who act like Dog from the Dog meme (yes, it happens). They will also pretend to be your dear sweet grandmother wondering how to use “the Google Help To Improve Google Maps & Earn Credit As Google Starts Awarding Map Maker Badges [Updates] Help To Improve Google Maps & Earn Credit As Google Starts Awarding Map Maker Badges [Updates] Google Maps is introducing Google Maps Maker badges as a mark of achievement. Because - there’s a lot that goes into Google Maps. The technology behind it is just one invisible part. The visible contribution... Read More machine”. The Insane Ones are actually wonderful people, and without them, we wouldn’t have near as much spice on the Internet.

The Casual Conversationalist

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Ah, but every once in a while, we will meet someone who uses these chat websites for the original intended purposes. These are the Casual Conversationalists, and they simply desire to have genuine human-to-human conversation. They are curious people who are always willing to learn. Granted, they often fall victim to the other four chat personas we have here. Unfortunately, it would seem we’re running out of these types.

Conclusion

These are just five of the types of people you will meet while randomly chatting online. However, everyone’s unique, and I’m aware that there are many other kinds of characters out there.

What other stereotypes use these random chat websites? Have you ever run into these characters while chatting online?

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  1. Geena
    September 12, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I am a Casual Conversationalist. I just want human-to-human conversation with people fluent in English without having to resort to using video. Just for conversations when I am really bored or anxious and don't feel like sleeping or watching tv. But it seems all there's out there are sites for people looking for sex, specially guys and it is so frustrating. I wish I could find a random chat web site where looking for sex is actually prohibited so when I am really bored and anxious like right now, I could find someone to talk to without any ridiculous sex-related and annoying questions.

  2. Keith Swartz
    December 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Awesome article! You'll find one, two or sometimes everyone named each time you chat with a STRANGER!!

  3. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    December 6, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I refrain myself from random chats. Once saw a bunch of my friends using it and I didn't see anything exciting. Too much loverboy and bot.

    • Guest
      December 14, 2012 at 3:01 am

      Mike Reno has a social media account? Who knew. You can never get too much Loverboy, by the way.

      youtube.com/watch?v=TnHm4ro_l8s

      Unless you mean Billy Ocean's hit of same name. ;-)

  4. guest
    December 6, 2012 at 6:39 am

    would there be a part II including some statistic about each group...? By the way, you could write a really good bestseller based on Internet/ true life stories!

  5. Mac Witty
    December 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I miss one - single subject. The one who turn all chats into a special subject. It can be there children/grandchildren, cars/motorcycles/boats, anger against authorities, and so on

  6. Gerald Huber
    December 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Seems spot on. I don't frequent those sites but it seems those people can be found anywhere.

    Maybe a follow up can be the types of people that can be found in comment sections of sites. I love reading those.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      December 5, 2012 at 6:08 am

      Glad you like those types of articles. I enjoy different kinds of people (from more of an observant perspective), so I'm glad someone else finds this topic interesting.

  7. Rahul
    December 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    i really enjoyed reading this article

    • Joshua Lockhart
      December 5, 2012 at 6:08 am

      I truly appreciate you saying that.

  8. Efi Dreyshner
    December 4, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I want to meet The Insane One :D

    • Din One
      December 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Me too its sure to be fun... :)

    • Joshua Lockhart
      December 5, 2012 at 6:09 am

      I've met plenty of them... They are definitely interesting.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      December 5, 2012 at 6:09 am

      What if you are The Insane One, and you just don't know it?

      ...

  9. Douglas Mutay
    December 4, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Very interesting article. In some website you are sure to find all these people in some other just a single category. So it's good to know how to deal with them. Thank you for sharing this Joshua!

  10. Adrian Rea
    December 4, 2012 at 8:22 am

    The problem arises when you get a non English speaking lover who insanely advertises casual conversation! :D I get them all the time!

  11. Zhong Jiang
    December 4, 2012 at 4:31 am

    So being said, everything's random. Depending on the majority who visit the website, it'll distinguish what kind of people they are.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      December 4, 2012 at 4:32 am

      I guess everything's random. You're right. But these are just a few different types you'll meet.

  12. Adam Campbell
    December 4, 2012 at 2:15 am

    You are completely right

    • Joshua Lockhart
      December 4, 2012 at 3:39 am

      Sometimes I like to pretend I'm always right. It never works. But I'm glad that you think I am.

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