Is This Man Cheating on his Wife?

@foxyfire33 (10009)
United States
September 28, 2007 12:57pm CST
I know it's long but it's really interesting. It's an article from The Wall Street Journal about the online computer game "Second Life". The article explains the game better than I could. Read the article and let me know what you think http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB118670164592393622.html I think it does count as an emotional affair but is an odd "relationship" at he very least. Any "Second Life" players here? Do any of you have a similar "relationship" with another player? How do you and your real life partner feel about it?
3 responses
• United Arab Emirates
29 Sep 07
Yes, I think the man is too involved so it can be considered a form of cheating. The man is emotionally involved so this makes it a cheating. I hope that people should understand that virtual world should not be misused. Internet is really being misused nowadays and people do all sort of things and feel that they can escape. But, ultimately they have to face reality and has to deal with it. So don't lose your sense and spend quality time with your real life partner and friends rather than wasting time on virtual relationships. Take care.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
5 Oct 07
Yes, exactly! An emotional affair can be just as, if not more, damaging than a physical one. This man has definitely lost focus on reality. I feel for his wife.
@chym1101 (169)
• China
28 Sep 07
hello,foxyfire. As the computers become more and more popular, many people have a 'second life'. It is virtual in the internet, you can talk to whom you don't know and maybe will not know for ever. So you can express what you think freely with not worrying about blowing the gaff. On the other hand, after all you don't understand each other well, how can he or she be better than you real-life friends? In my opinion, it is can be used to relax and abreact as a useful way, but it is really important to distinguish it from the real life. It is not deserved to let aside or hurt your family because of this!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
29 Sep 07
You do make a good point with what you said butyou had commented on the article.I wanted people's opinions on that not internet lives in gen
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
28 Sep 07
I would have to say yes...even though they have never met, he is spending more time with his virtual girl friend then he is with his own wife. While he is not cheating in the physical sense of the word, he is cheating in the virtual sense. Cheating is still cheating whether you really do or if it is just in your mind. It is obvious from the article that the same emotional bonds are there just as they would be if this was a real life relationship.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Thanks so much for taking the time to read about this. I feel the same as you about it. The "other woman" even spent a lot of REAL money to buy him a pretend island as a gift. The only thing missing from their relationship is the actual physical relations alhough they have plenty of that virtually so...it just all seems wrong. The only way I could condone it is IF the real wife didn't have a problem with it but she obviously does so I call it cheating.