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The Pitfalls Of Online Role-Playing Games: Intimacy, Sex & Relationships

Posted Mon, Feb 18, 2008 by Aelryn

Are you cheating on your virtual girlfriend with your wife again?

Dr. Sandra R. Scantling asks some important questions and dispenses some advice about the way that virtual relationships affect our real lives in this informational article. It's fairly level-headed for how inflammatory the topic can be sometimes.

So, are online role-playing games harmless? You decide. Like all things, it depends on how they are used. If you're enjoying your virtual world more than real life, or if you prefer your avatar lover to your real-life partner, you may be hooked. Unless you want to stay lost in space, start a dialogue with your partner. It's not easy to talk about fantasies, but it's worth the risk. If you're both struggling to resolve your feelings and making little headway, it might be time for outside help. The goal is to build bridges from one life to another . . . not to leave the real world behind.

Read more and discuss it right here.

[Via Courant]

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