Updated: October 15, 2021 by Exotic Irfan
The internet is a wild and wonderful place, and webcam chat sites are no exception. You
never know what’ll happen when you open up a cam chat, and that’s usually a good thing.
However, it’s also smart to prepare yourself for the few chats that don’t live up to your
Take a site like Camgo, for example. With thousands of active users on the site around the
clock, you can count on finding some entertaining chat partners no matter what time you
shop online. Unfortunately, not all of these users will have your best interests in mind.
Below you’ll find a few different types of users to look out for, and the best strategies to
make sure they don’t end up getting what they’re after.
The common factor in all the scenarios below is this: it’s best to have boundaries in place
before you start chatting. This will make it easier to spot someone who’s trying to push you
past those boundaries, meaning you’re far less likely to accidentally expose personal
details. And above all, remember that these types of random chatters are definitely in the
minority – most of the people you’ll chat with are just there to make friends and have a
good time. With a few common-sense precautions, you can quickly spot any undesirable
chat partners, making sure they don’t become a part of your random chat experience.
You probably already know how bullies work – but you might not be expecting to run into
them on an online chat site. Even so, chat sites and other online venues give bullies an
opportunity to make people miserable without any consequences, so you could encounter
one or two of them as you’re chatting with strangers online.
Given this possibility, it’s best to be prudent with the amount of information you give someone right off the bat. Unless they’re going to start off by insulting your haircut, they’ll have to find out something else about you, which means they might start off with a few personal questions first. Whether it’s about your childhood, job, or current living situation, there are right and wrong ways to answer these types of questions.
You don’t have to completely cut someone off the second they start asking questions that seem a bit personal to you, but you can definitely water down your answers. This allows you to keep the conversation going without making yourself vulnerable to a potential bully.
It might not be obvious at first, but if you find that a random chat is going south, you don’t
have any obligation to stick around. Here’s the thing about social rules on random chat sites
– there are very few of them. Every chat comes with a big old “next chat” button on your
screen, which you can hit during any conversation, anytime you feel like it. It’s a simple
solution, but very effective.
Even though they’re less toxic than a bully, a narcissist can still leave you feeling down in
the dumps after even a short conversation. This is because they try to use you (or anyone
else who’ll give them the time of day) for validation – and their go-to method is to make themselves look good at your expense. Did you grow up with a Labrador? Yeah, they had a
couple of designer lap dogs that were just so cute. Did you go hiking last summer? They
visited a family friend who lives next to Lake Como.
In other words, their life will always be cooler, better, and probably more expensive than
yours. Plus, the more you tell them about yourself, the more material they’ll have to make
you feel like you’re doing everything wrong. This kind of person is very unlikely to make a
good friend, so you won’t lose anything by switching to the next chat when you realize
what they’re up to.
This one is probably obvious – or so you might think. If someone’s using random chatting
to scam people, they probably won’t have access to account information like your full
name, email or home address, or other personal details. This means they rely on you to give
them those details – so they pretend to be someone you’d be comfortable opening up to.
This works more often than it should because when a scammer puts someone on the spot,
the victim gives in because it seems rude to refuse such a seemingly simple request. After
all, what’s so dangerous about someone knowing your full name or your place of work?
You might be surprised at what someone can do with just a few pieces of information. Plus,
if your chat partner wants an engaging conversation and not your personal details, they
won’t mind if you ask to change the topic.
To keep yourself from ever becoming the victim of these types of scams, a foolproof plan is
to simply avoid sharing personal details. Whether you politely decline to give anything to
your chat partners, or you just make something up, the choice is yours. As long as you keep
that boundary in place, you don’t have to worry about getting taken for a ride.
This kind of random chatter is certainly more harmless than the others, but it can still
leave you feeling drained. Some people get a lot more human interaction on random chat
sites than they do in real life – and there’s nothing wrong with that. The problem is when
they latch onto you out of desperation, and try to get you way too involved in a
conversation that you aren’t even interested in. A common tactic is to force a sense of
intimacy by over-sharing and asking you to do the same.
Once again, you aren’t obligated to share anything you don’t want to, and you can click
on the next chat anytime you feel like it. Being authentic during your random chats is
usually a good idea, but it’s best to reserve your authenticity for the chat partners who
actually deserve it.