Is It ‘Just a Game’ or Virtual Adultery?

I ran across this article about a cyber ‘second life’ game which is causing real problems in a real life marriage. The question is, where do you draw the line between something being just a harmless game, like the old board game "life", and a new virtual reality game that may cross the line and become virtual adultery?

The couple in this article have two different views about the affects of the ‘game’. The husband views it as mere entertainment and enjoys being in an environment which he can totally control. He points to his wife as doing the same thing watching TV for hours.

The wife on the other hand says the following: 

"It’s really devastating. You try to talk to someone or bring them a drink, and they’ll be having sex with a cartoon."

"It’s sad; it’s a waste of human life. Everybody has their hobbies, but when it’s from six in the morning until two in the morning, that’s not a hobby, that’s your life."

"Basically, the other person is widowed. This other life is so wonderful; it’s better than real life. Nobody gets fat, nobody gets gray. The person that’s left can’t compete with that."

Response: While there is no actual physical contact between the players of the game, there is communication and some sort of ongoing relationship.  The creation of a virtual marriage has caused real problems and division in the real marriage. I believe that the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 5:27-28 is applicable to this situation:

"You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery’. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

…even in a cyber virtual world.            *Top

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