Model Indi Rossi has noticed a shift in tone during her private shows on ImLive.
“Before coronavirus, guys would gush about how hard they came during my show, but now their orgasms seem to be less intense,” she says. Instead, she’s finding more men just want to vent about their lives amid self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.
As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, cam girls say business is booming. Their customers don’t just want sexual release; they’re also alone, depressed from being laid off, craving social interaction, and anxious about the state of the world. Porn doesn’t offer that, but cam sites do.
On cam sites, users can log on and watch models perform live via webcam (hence the name “cam site”). Features vary slightly from site to site, but most have options to chat with cam girls via messenger and tip them if they’re doing something you like. Customers can also pay for one-on-one sessions with their favorite models.
“There’s not a doubt in my mind that a huge percentage [of viewership] is from social distancing,” says a model who goes by The_MILF_Becca. “People are bored, nervous, lonely, you name it. They are looking for distraction and entertainment. Enter cam models.”
The_MILF_Becca (link NSFW), 30, says she’s seeing about three to five new clients per shift and about an 11% increase in revenue per hour. “What I didn’t expect were the number of old members who I haven’t heard from in years,” she says.
Since the spread of coronavirus, model Indi Rossi, 23, has noticed “quite a few names” on her ImLive channel that are unfamiliar. “I think social distancing is definitely affecting my business [positively],” she says.
Model HottyTeen69 isn’t seeing as many new clients, but she’s noticed that a lot of her regular clients are noticeably spending many more hours online. She reports an increase of around 40-50% in earnings. “Of course people are turning online due to social distancing,” she says. “I’ve connected with a lot of new members who stay online for many hours because they feel alone, which is a natural effect stemming from isolation.”
Cam models say they’re seeing more business at all hours of the day, and from many places across the globe. HarperMadi, 25, who models on MyFreeCams, has noticed a huge rise in business from states that have set laws closing down gyms, nightlife, restaurants, and bars. However, as more states adopt stricter and similar “lockdown” regulations, there may be less of a difference in viewership by state.
Coronavirus has also changed how these models interact with their fans. While it was common before coronavirus for clients to take a private show with Rossi “just to talk about life,” there’s been even more of that since the pandemic.
“I’ve been taking more shows with people who just want to commiserate about the situation,” she says. These men aren’t seeking sexual stimulation as much as a shoulder to cry on. They’ve lost their jobs, they’re bored, they’re lonely, and they need someone, explains Rossi.
One of the most noticeable changes Rossi’s seen is that people ask if she’s feeling okay. When she ends a private show, both she and her client will tell each other to stay safe. “Our pleasantries are different than normal,” she says.
HarperMadi will ask if everyone has food, if they’ve been laid off, how they’re taking everything, and so on. “They worry a lot about me and will check on me throughout the day on social media to make sure I’m okay,” she adds.
The_MILF_Becca, really sums it: “I do a lot more wellness check-ins in between nudes.”
There’s a sense of solidarity among the viewers, too. That’s why The_MILF_Becca says her style of cam show has “completely changed.” She now does a lot more goal-oriented shows, encouraging everyone in the channel to work together. (Example: If you all tip me 1,000 tokens, I’ll take off my top.)
She says it fosters a sense of community.
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