I guess I'm just trying to say that being loved in Second Life makes me want love — REAL love in its physical, mental, emotional and all its other glorious forms — like a crazy junkie in real life.

After accepting a proposal each person's partner will appear in the "Partner" field in their respective profiles.

The partnership can be canceled at any time through the "Partners" page and will cost the resident asking for the "divorce" 25L$ (the other person will not be charged).

When that happens, I believe it hits the heart in a place that's never been touched before. And I'm left staring at this cluttered room, this messy turtle tank, this mountain of laundry, a calendar full of RL obligations, a list of deadlines, a stack of bills, the prospect of a date this weekend with a man who only knows how to send text messages and won't stop talking about his ex-wife. And after an evening of immersing myself in that fantasy on screen, the absence of it can ache like a throbbing tooth.

I believe Second Life really is a place where your true self can connect with someone else's true self, and when that happens, well it can be so damn powerful that it makes a realist like me want to run away screaming. And don't get me wrong here: When I say I want the fantasy, I'm not particularly talking about that SL AV who lights me up inside. Plus, I had that chance once, and I learned that meeting a significant-other AV in real life doesn't really appeal to me. I just wanted to always remember it that way and not ruin it with the logistics and blahblahblahs of real life.

I don't want to get in too deep in Second Life because the afterglow hurts.

And I don't want to seek an SL relationship with the high and statistically unrealistic expectations that it could become something equally powerful in real life, mainly because I want an RL man who's the complete opposite of me, an active social guy who'll drag me out of my sometimes-shell and has never, ever heard of Second Life.

Partners were introduced in 2004 with the intention of being used to create two person "groups".

The original features that were to be implemented were the abilities to co-own land as well as one person being able to change their last name to the others.

We got Jay Sumra the founder of Plz Say Yes into the office to tell us why he thinks the unusual mixtures of web profiles, virtual dating and real life are a winning combination.

Why Plz Say Yes and Second Life dating is better than normal online dating 1) You get to know people better if you *do* stuff with them.

And if I were married in real life and discovered that my spouse was also "married" to an AV in Second Life, well, it would crush my heart.