Princeton University sociologist and author of The Purchase of Intimacy, Viviana Zelizer, states of camming: "They’re defining a new kind of intimacy.
It’s not traditional sex work, not a relationship, but something in between." Within Cam Girlz, a documentary film about the industry, the male fans often say that they come to camming sites as a way to fulfill emotional needs.
When webcam models create their live Internet broadcasts, they perform the activity known as camming.
The term webcam is a clipped compound used to combine the terms video camera and World Wide Web.Webcam models mostly perform individually in separate video chat rooms, which are frequently referred to as rooms.The term "camwhore" was first used in print in November 2001 According to the web traffic analysis service Compete.com, Live Jasmin generates more than 9 million unique viewers a month.In private chat rooms, viewers pay by the minute for a private show.However, in free chat rooms payment is voluntary and is in the form of tips, thus providing the model with an income at a minimal cost for the multiple viewers of her chat room's video stream.The camera captured Ringley doing almost everything – brushing her teeth, doing her laundry, doing stripteases – and then she broadcast it live over the Internet.However Amanda made an important early discovery that would influence the camming industry for decades to come – that a website's popularity could be greatly increased by enabling viewers to chat with a performer while online.Since the early days of live Internet broadcasts by Ringley and Amanda, the phenomenon of camming has grown to become a multibillion-dollar industry which has an average of at least 12,500 cam models online at any given time and more than 240,000 viewers at any given time.Camming websites typically fall into two main categories, dependent upon whether their video chat rooms are free or private.However this is not the first time that conversational interaction had become a boon for the erotic entertainment industry.The Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre strip club is credited with the invention of the lap dance when during 1977 their new stage, New York Live, pioneered customer-contact shows with strippers that came off the stage and sat in the laps of customers for tips.