On the right is a larger text box where you chat via typed messages. Our first match was with a teenage girl, who hid her face under long lank brown hair.

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Video Cam Roulette Random Chat is an app where you can find a friend or meet a girl, have a great conversation with a stranger on the other side of the world, or learn something new about a culture or a place, connect with another human being.

Video Cam Roulette allows you to talk to strangers using your phone's camera. Meet over a video call people of different cultures, from many countries, and do it without even leaving your home.

First came Facebook, which connects you with close friends and school mates you don't really talk to anymore.

Then came Twitter where you could 'follow' and be followed by complete strangers.

You then have the choice of either chatting to them or disconnecting and being matched with another user from around the globe.

Hal Niedzviecki, author of 'The Peep Diaries', said: 'Chatroulette is stark because it feels like television.

The website also claims obscene material will not be tolerated but countless users have reported being exposed to shots of men performing obscene acts in front of the screen.

The website was created by a Russian student and appeared in November last year.

After an hour we closed down the system, somewhat drained by the effort of making small-talk with people we had never met before.