It's still good to keep in mind that sometimes the software distorts or changes the voice so that people will question your sex regardless. Nowadays, women dominate communities such as Fanfiction sites, Soap Opera boards, Facebook, , Live Journal and its clones (particularly in Journal Roleplay), Tumblr (the successor to Live Journal for fandom blogging) or My Space. I got my life back.” The fact that it was a pretend life didn’t deter Kristen and Steve: for them, the feelings were just as intense as if it had been face to face.

Meet Kira, Kira is a platinum blonde, impossibly leggy, with a flawless complexion and an eye-poppingly pneumatic figure.

She oozes confidence and pouting sexuality, so it’s no surprise that handsome Keanu Reeves lookalike Nik fell for her. In truth, “Kira” is the alter ego of 33-year-old Kristen Birkin, a dumpy single mother and pub singer from Nuneaton with mousey cropped hair and low self-esteem.

In response, girls started just to avoid the harassment.

Nowadays, the lingering sentiment can only be seen as a meme in certain corners of the Internet and in people's assumption that anyone they meet online is male unless obviously otherwise.

I felt as giddy as a teenager, I was walking on air.” Second Life certainly holds a great allure to a great many people; around 15 million have become “residents” since it was founded in 2003, and more are joining every day.

Exponents insist it’s not a game – there are no rules.In some circles the backlash was huge and violent, leading to anyone claiming to be female to instantly be accosted with demands of "proof" (eventually codified as "Tits or GTFO").Of course, proving you are female online is something of a conundrum, since any pictures or voice you present as proof can just as easily have come from a sister, girlfriend, or random site — which thanks to webcams was later solved by asking for a "timestamp", a picture with the current date, time, and a certain message (which could be pictured with a woman who just happened to be near the actual poster, but it helps).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.And all this time Kristin and Steve were online, making it happen, choreographing their avatars’ every move for up to eight hours a day, despite the fact that each had a real-life partner, who was unaware they were being cuckolded by a cartoon graphic from a glorified 3D computer game.