Certain French chat lines have become quite popular ever since celebrities like Shawn Menendez began using them for discrete phone sex. However, these chat lines didn’t pop up out of anywhere. They’ve been around for quite some time; a very long time in fact.

This may surprise you, but most modern chat lines can actually trace their existence all the way back to World War 2. During the war, soldiers often used Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems to speak with their families, and it proved to be a commercial success. It even allowed displaced people to chat with their loved ones.

In France, IVR services were quite common, especially among stationed military personnel. Sometimes, these platforms were used to chat up random people, but they were mostly used to help soldiers speak with their friends and family back home.  

In contrast, modern chat lines are more versatile, and they offer a wider range of services than their predecessors. They are also less costly from a business point of view, and they are easier to maintain. If you would like to explore the history of chat lines, both in and out of France, then here’s what you should know. 

Origins in World War 2 

Chat lines were built on the foundations of Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology, and this technology has been around since World War 2. The IVR system was designed to interact with callers, offer instructions, gather information and route their calls to the appropriate recipient. 

In France, IVR chat lines were originally used as platforms for communication between soldiers and their families. They were called ‘talkees’ and they served their roles quite well. They allowed thousands of military personnel to call home, and keep in touch with their loved ones.

However, these communication systems were nothing like the modern chat lines that most people recognize today. Not only were they difficult to use, they also didn’t offer anything special to users and consumers. These constraints prevented the old ‘talkee’s of World War 2 to become anything other than a niche for certain groups of people. 

The 70’s, 80’s and 90’- Maturity

In 1973, David R Woolley released a service which was reminiscent with modern chat lines. However, it wasn’t until the ’80s and 90’s that chat line and language exchange services became relatively popular.

And as technology developed, the IVR systems were merged with computer telephony integration (CTI) platforms. This merger allowed for new and more sophisticated technologies. The chat lines became easier to use, and they could now accept large volumes of users. Later, the chat lines allowed users to find people who complement their personalities either by providing their preferences or by tweaking the settings.

In France, the chat line market grew, and it incorporated many of the the latest features offered by CTI technology. However,  most of this growth was isolated to local customers and markets. Maybe it was the language barrier, but the local chat lines had trouble expanding into the global market. 

This wasn’t entirely bad though. As the technology improved, France’s chat lines and language exchange platforms continued to grow at a steady pace, while at the same time, serving the needs of its target audience. 

The 2000’s to 2010’s – Growth and Popularity 

The 2000’s was a decade of steady, though unimpressive, growth. France’s chat line industry continued to grow and offer new services, but it failed to get international attention. The English-speaking world still dominated the global market, and there was nothing the French speaking chat lines could do to change things. 

The 2010’s came and things remained the same, but then something happened two months ago. Shawn Mendez and a few of his celebrity friends began using French chat lines for discrete phone sex. They had also used French chat lines for language exchange purposes, and learning the French language, but a few of them decided to have fun and take the opportunity to meet new people. 

Well, that news got a lot of people’s attention, and many of them began flooding into France’s many chat lines and language exchange platforms. Some were foreigners who either wanted to immitate their favorite celebrity, or they were local French citizens who wanted a chance to meet a celebrity. 

The Future of French Chat Lines 

France’s chat lines and language exchange services recently got a lot of celebrity publicity and that’s a good thing, but only in the short term. The French chat line market is growing but it will need new and better services to break out into the global market. Even so, there are a lot of great things in store for France in the coming years and I for one am eager to see them.