One chatroom sex
On the Internet, you are not restricted to trying on clothes, but can try on different names, origins, life histories, attitudes and opinions, different ways of relating to others, different ages and genders.
And you do so knowing that those you are talking with are probably doing the same.
Our interviews suggest that part of the appeal of chatrooms for the young lies in the opportunities that they provide to experiment with extended or alternative identities.
Ricki Goldman Segall (1998) has shown how this use of computers appeals particularly to teenage girls, who can use the computer to explore and extend their interests in fashion and appearance in intimate and novel ways.
By listening to their stories we can make the discussion more concrete and specific.In the public imagination, there are two sides to the Internet coin.