As such, this is mainly a Discredited Trope these days.
See also Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls, Hackette, G.
Rather, it is a “synthetic world” with shops and cars, theatres and estate agents, where you communicate with others via instant messaging or voice.
It may not be real, but a lot of people take it very seriously indeed: both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama opened campaign offices in this parallel universe.
Meet Kira, Kira is a platinum blonde, impossibly leggy, with a flawless complexion and an eye-poppingly pneumatic figure.
Exponents insist it’s not a game – there are no rules.
“Kira was everything I should have been,” says Kristen, who has a 12-year-old son. My real life was diabolical and I wanted an escape.
In Second Life I could be who I wanted to be, and when I met Nik I was in control for the first time in years.
And it seems as though increasing numbers of us are at risk from the spectre of digital adultery.
It comes as no surprise, then, to learn that a woman is divorcing her husband after catching him having an online affair.