"Even when I was camming vigorously almost every day to raise money for my move, I would still only masturbate [on camera] maybe four times a month," said another cam model I met with who goes by the screen name Bambi. Especially if you're a medium-income cam girl, it's a lot more about the community...

If you're just interested in hanging out all night because you just got off work and you have no girlfriend or friends, then it's a nice two hours.

The men recognize each other in rooms, greet each other, and start friendships and feuds. If I do have some basic or random guest who's like, 'Show me your asshole,' these guys will be like, 'Get the fuck out of here.' It's a community of people jerking off to you, but they're also your homies.

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He said one guy described the experience as "less like a strip club and more like a pub with a hot bartender who everyone wants to make laugh," which seems pretty accurate.

Another described the models as "therapists who get naked." "I think the main appeal, for both models and members, is the instant connection," Dunne wrote in an e-mail. Camming is like love on tap, and as the community grows and evolves, it only becomes more nuanced and plentiful." o what's the money like?

Most of her viewers right now are her "friends," who seem happy just to hang out, listen to her talk, and reminisce about their shared stories. "People still come into my room asking about the coffee stand," says Eevie.

"Everyone misses it." Eevie got her start camming by setting up her laptop inside the bikini barista drive-through espresso stand she was working at, which is apparently a novelty to people around the world. Like, 'Holy shit, there's a girl in her underwear in public.'" The rules have changed since then. She's wearing a little black dress and drinking merlot from a shatterproof wineglass one of her viewers sent her after she'd broken a real one on camera.She makes almost 0 in the 45 minutes I'm with her, and she doesn't do much besides talk to me (offscreen) about camming.It's real, it's live, it's interactive, and it's relationship-based.A cam session is usually hours long, and most of that is spent talking.We talk, I make jokes, we listen to music, and I smoke weed and they can drink with me or smoke with me, and it's kind of like hanging out.