It can also be thrown off by users taking advantage of proxy servers or using other techniques to disguise their IP addresses.Human image recognition is imperfect (even if mitigated by our vote convergence system).In under two hours, we received 10,770 photo assessments from 1,012 distinct IP addresses. Caveats Before we get to the data, we should point out the uncontrolled inputs that could be skewing these results: We know nothing about how Chatroulette matches up chatters, and we act on the assumption that pairings are truly random.
The Results Gender As you might expect, you're most likely to encounter a solo male in any given chat session. Interestingly, 11% showed no person at all while only 9% showed a solo female.
So, if you're looking for women on Chatroulette, be forewarned: you're more likely to encounter an empty chair.
Chatroulette Map is also nice enough to expose all of its data points to anyone who clicks "View Source." Right in the raw source code of their homepage is the image URL, latitude, longitude, city, state, and country of every chatter on their map.
As an added bonus, the file name of each image is a UNIX timestamp of when it was taken. (Note: we tried contacting the creators of Chatroulette Map to participate in this story but did not receive a response.)Once we had photos, times, and locations, we needed data on what was happening in each chat photo.
So, we decided compile the data ourselves by leveraging Chatroulette Map, some scrappy programming, and a passionate tech community.
We soon had detailed data on 2,883 Chatroulette sessions that tied users to geography, gender, appearance, and more.
Any images that were judged incorrectly could skew the results.
It's also important to note that statistics about "the average chat session" (which we present here) are not the same as stats about "the average user." For example, imagine if female chats averaged 100 seconds each, but male chats averaged 10 seconds each.
If you include groups, your chance of encountering a female grows to 13%.