When webcam models create their live Internet broadcasts, they perform the activity known as camming.
Kari Lerum of the University of Washington suggests that men are more open and vulnerable in cam rooms than in strip clubs, and can become very invested in relationships which only exist on the screen.
The term webcam is a clipped compound used to combine the terms video camera and World Wide Web.
Enabled with this new revenue stream for strippers, the strip club industry went through a period of extreme growth during the 1980s.
And in the early 20th century sociologist Paul Cressey noted that within the hundreds of taxi-dance halls of America, "the traffic in romance and in feminine society" would become available when taxi dancers would offer their companionship and "the illusion of romance" for ten cents a dance.
A webcam model often performs erotic acts online, such as stripping, in exchange for money, goods, or attention. Since many webcam models operate independently from their homes, they are free to choose the amount of sexual content for their broadcasts.
In 1996 an American college student and conceptual artist, Jenny Ringley, created a website called "Jenni Cam." Her web camera was located in her dorm room and automatically photographed her every few minutes.Camming revenue has been severely cutting into the profits of the pornographic movie business, which has also been eroded for a number of years due to piracy and the distribution of free sexual content upon the Internet.Additionally, the pornographic film industry used to be male-dominated except for the performers.The websites provide the transactional platform, and then collects and distributes a percentage of the tips to the models.For public chat rooms, the model's portion of a tip is a little less than half.Within public chat rooms the audience can see tips and viewer comments as scrolling text which appears next to the real-time video stream.