I wanna tell you a story about true love.
We’ve all heard the story. Boy meets girl online. They are a similar age and have similar interests so they start chatting more and more, then eventually fall in love. Within months they’re living together and planning a wedding. It’s a common story, shared by the two people pictured above as their Second Life avatars at their virtual wedding. But, as with all virtual things, reality can be a pretty tough pill to swallow.
In real life these people aren’t the mid-twenties go getters they pretend to be online. Must have been a shock for them when they finally met offline in real life, but it didn’t stop the virtual love. In fact this image is from their real life wedding, so they obviously didn’t mind the fact that they’d been deceiving each other with their fantasy lives.
However, when Amy discovered her new husband was cheating on her she’d had enough and filed for divorce, both real and virtual. She’d already caught his avatar having sex with a virtual prostitute (look in the mirror right now to see the expression I had when I read that) but they’d managed to patch things up.
I went mad. I was so hurt. I just couldn’t believe what he’d done. I looked at the computer screen and could see his character having sex with a female character. It’s cheating as far as I’m concerned. But he didn’t see it as a problem, and couldn’t see why I was so upset. He said I was just making a big fuss and tried to make out it was my fault for not giving him enough attention.
But then, in April this year, she caught her husband’s avatar in another compromising position.
She claims he was having cybersex with a female player in America.
I caught him cuddling a woman on a sofa in the game. It looked really affectionate. He turned off the computer monitor and I turned it back on and demanded to look at his chat history. But he turned off the computer so the history was all deleted and I ended up going off in floods of tears. He confessed he’d been talking to this woman player in America for one or two weeks, and said our marriage was over and he didn’t love me any more, and we should never have got married.
Gee, sucks to be her eh? Well the unhappy couple have each found someone else now. Dave is dating the 55 year old virtual stripper he was last caught cheating with, and Amy found her true love on World of Warcraft. You’d think by now they’d have learned that their happiness isn’t going to be found online. At least not without them being a little bit more honest about who they really are. Oh well, that’s internet romances for you.