Sex chat avatar game
“It’s a more interactive form of masturbation,” says Au. “I couldn’t get that from my real-life boyfriend.” Max, 39, isn’t sure what drove his soon-to-be-ex-wife to have a relationship in Second Life.
“And everyone’s going to do that on occasion.” Plenty of people, though, initiate in-game romances because they’re seeking something that’s lacking in their real-life relationship. He says she refused to talk about it, and if he asked questions, she’d just hop online and freeze him out.
“It was pathetic.” That’s where the lines get blurry, says P.
Shavaun Scott, a marriage and family therapist from San Luis Obispo, Calif.
It started out as a friendship, as many relationships do. And although they shared all kinds of intimacies in Second Life, the real people have never laid eyes on each other. “The fear of someone calling me up at home.” For many folks, the arms-length quality of in-game romance is what separates a (fairly) harmless experiment from actual infidelity.
“And, if they’re keeping their relationship a secret from their real-life partner.” When Kat’s real-life spouse began getting suspicious, things between the Second Life couple began to deteriorate. There was a breakup, a half-hearted reconciliation and a final breakup.Just over half of men — 53 percent — think that’s cheating, as compared with 73 percent of women. “It’s a 3-D avatar having sex with another 3-D avatar,” says Wagner James Au, author of the Second Life blog New World Notes.