“It allows would-be trenchcoat-wearing subway flashers to get the same titillation without the danger of getting caught.”Why exposing one’s self to strangers online would be titillating, however, is something most people can’t imagine.

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The site has none of the frills of other social-networking sites—no profiles, no private messages, no friends—just an endless stream of strangers.

And, as the site has seemingly become overrun by flashers, an endless stream of genitalia—mostly of the male variety.“Chatroulette is technology’s answer to an exhibitionist’s prayers,” says one psychiatrist.

Most of them have extreme difficulty relating to women in a normal way.”Because of this, they may have more confidence in their physicalities than their personalities.

“They’re very proud of their equipment, so they sort of lead with their ace, shall we say,” Irwin says.

A T-shirt cut off at midriff completes the illusion.“If there was an alley or side street, I would stand in it waiting for women to come down the street.

When they came close I would drop my coat and do my thing.” For Ben, this isn’t a conduit to sex, nor even an attempt to attract a flasher-loving mate—his fit body and lucrative career, he says, do that on their own.

Chatroulette has given rise to an impressive array of hilarious and poignant viral sensations, from improvised concerts by Ben Folds, to a foul-mouthed 8-year-old, to Jon Stewart’s antics.

Which is pretty remarkable considering the website seems to be largely comprised of naked men.

This new brand of no-risk flashing makes the kind of exposure indulged in by guys like Ben, a 45-year-old flasher who works with computers, seem almost antiquated.

Ben frequents a messageboard dedicated to exhibitionism, and agreed to shed some light on his own motivations for public flashing.

Some men, she says, “have fears of inadequacy and are trying to prove that they are 'big' men by getting 'big' reactions from others.” The Daily Beast spoke briefly to one Chatroulette flasher for whom that appears to be the case.