F ree livestream chat with naked teens
It's basically like an open-mic night where the hat is passed around: Some people will watch for free, some will toss a dollar in, and the house takes a cut at the end of the night. "We're happy with our current revenue model," said Sideman.Fandom doesn't have a price on other platforms, like Vine or You Tube, where teen stars are made — ad-supported videos eliminate the need for financial transactions between the watchers and the watched.One girl watching a sleeping teen boy with me gave a reasonable response: "He's my boyfriend." Others had elliptical reasoning: "I think it's more that the people doing it want to get likes and fans."Adi Sideman, the founder of You Now, told me his theory on #sleepingsquad: "It's the addiction to the internet, it's the addiction to social media, it's not wanting to leave it behind even when you're sleeping." Andy Weissman of Union Square Ventures, who is invested in the app, described it as "an online slumber party" in an email to Buzz Feed News."I also think part of the human condition is to look for connection with others.Me: If you could have no homework for a year but you have to let your parent see all your texts for a month, would you do it?Different teen girl: No, because I get some really weird texts from people on this thing.😬 Gulp.So I did a few would-you-rathers instead: Me: Let your mom pick all your clothes for a month or read all your texts for a week?
I don't know exactly why a teen would broadcast themselves sleeping. The problem with asking a 13-year-old why they do anything is that it's quite difficult to get anything past "I dunno/I'm bored." But that's also the wrong question to ask. The aching desire to cut through the tedium of daily life with human interaction is the driving force of everything on the internet.
On its popular #sleepingsquad hashtag, I can see about 20 sleeping teens at any given time.
(It usually seems around 50-plus people are broadcasting in the hashtag, but a lot of them are in complete darkness, so you can't actually see anything.
I checked out the kids in the #truthordare channel.
This where a distinct knot in my stomach kicked in.