There was a lot of "playing Dr." or "show and tell." Many moderators came from the ranks of women callers who got to liking the attention & wanted a few bucks an hour to boot.
It always amazed my pal how often the conversations among the regulars would turn to non-sex stuff.
The Exclusive Connections spokeswoman (Paris Hilton) says they know what kind of guy calls a sex line at 1 am: nerds!
Whether the nerd likes Star Wars, Star Trek, or Hobbit, they have the girl.
In all, the concept is/was not much different from a message board or internet chat room where sex is the main reason for being there.I used to have a good friend who owned a chat line. But as of then, I had a pretty good idea of how it worked from the owner/operator POV.I've never called one, but I have talked with the people who do all the jobs on one.Customers would call the advertised 800#, give their credit card info, and be connected to the conference for $X/minute.The moderator kept track of people's times & also had a way to bounce anybody who got to be a problem.Just like the regulars down at the coffee house chewing the fat on a Tuesday night, or the regulars down at the corner bar yakking while nursing a Bud.When I was a teen, in the late 90s (when everyone was still new to AOL) one girl from my class got hooked on these lines. " and moved the thread from General Questions to In My Humble Opinion. Supposedly they are some kind of chat line where you can talk with other people in the area--is that not the case? Like the OP I always wondered how they worked and who their clientele was.For instance a local chat line in Chicago may be in Iowa or Louisiana but it's free if you have free long distance. I'm still hoping we'll get someone in here who's actually called one.Women customers were given free or nearly so access.They could be as raunchy or flirtatious as they wanted with total anonymity.