As people spend more time on their phones, they are drifting away from the idea of the Internet as a place to connect with people they don't know in real life, said Miller."Now you can connect with people anywhere around the world who like something as much as you do," he said.
And in Rooms — unlike on Facebook — people can use pseudonyms.
That's a major departure for Facebook, which has always insisted that people use their real names.
Yes, I am TOTALLY addicted but having the best time of my life. Like it has done to so many men, Internet pornography/cybersex chat takes decent, intelligent, respected and successful and makes them stupid!
Now she lives alone, divorced, virtually ignored and despised by her children.
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has taken the wraps off a new app for i OS called Rooms that brings people together around their interests.
A "room" is a feed of photos, videos and text like Facebook or Instagram, but the focus is on a single topic chosen by the person who created it.
The app itself has actually been around for at least a year, but is gaining popularity fast with its combination of Whats App-style messaging (you can send text, images or audio clips) and a Tinder-esque matching system that lets users jump into one-on-one or group chats with strangers near their location.
This mechanism means that despite its cartoon livery of ginger cats, Meow Chat combines some of more Wild West elements of socializing online – its chat rooms are chaotic, full of belligerent and friendly users in pretty much equal measure, and the one-on-one chats are as unpredictable as that stalwart of the genre: Chat Roulette.
It's true that we live in a golden age for flirting with strangers.
Just when you’re getting sick and tired of hearing about the likes of Tinder and Grindr a new app blows in, offering the same cruising-for-compliments excitement with an added dash of cartoon cats: meet Meow Chat.
Already popular on Rooms: beat boxing, Kicks from Above (cool shoes in cool places) and mouth watering, home-cooked meals, not to mention families who have ditched suburbia to raise their kids on the road and Facebook employees obsessively playing Kendama, a traditional Japanese game.
For Josh Miller, product manager for Rooms, the app is a throwback to the early days of the Web when people from all over gathered in forums, message boards and chat rooms, and used pseudonyms to discuss topics they had in common.
that will be published in the February/March issue of American Psychologist.