But it won't be long before we're all at it, if cybersex entrepreneur Kevin Alderman (right) gets his way.So are we ready to embrace a world of 'teledildonics', 'motion-capture' love suits, and hardcore software?When I first deposited Journalist Hellershanks in Second Life, I wanted him to stand out.I gave him a shock of bright- orange hair, and a crisp white shirt, and I adjusted his height to about six-foot-four.It can be intoxicating when an otherwise “impossible” love feels attainable, even when it’s built on a lie; having to admit to the deception would not only ruin the “relationship” (and thus kill the dream) but also quite possibly torpedo any relationship from the “real” world.Last week, a woman divorced her husband after he had a 'virtual' affair in an online game.He looked pretty good, I thought; but he was still missing something.And so, one morning earlier this month, I sent Hellershanks off to buy a penis.
The headset was originally developed by Palmer Luckey, a 22-year-old technology developer from Long Beach, California.
While people may think their online indiscretions are harmless or "don't count," the consequences of their behavior are very real. Cyber-sex or sexting are simply not infidelity under the Canadian legal definition.
No doubt virtual infidelity will become an increasingly important issue in many divorces in the future. To be granted a divorce in Canada, an individual has to show that the marriage has broken down, established by one of the three grounds listed in section 8 of the : Breakdown of a marriage is established only if: (a) the spouses have lived separate and apart for at least one year immediately preceding the determination of the divorce proceeding and were living separate and apart at the commencement of the proceeding; or (b) the spouse against whom the divorce proceeding is brought has, since celebration of the marriage, (i) committed adultery, or (ii) treated the other spouse with physical or mental cruelty of such a kind as to render intolerable the continued cohabitation of the spouses. Virtual Lives, Real Consequences While it does not fulfill the legal definition of adultery, virtual infidelity can still have devastating consequences on an individual's personal life and any family law issue he or she may have.
Video gaming is now bigger than the Hollywood film industry. Cyber-sex or sexting, however, while obviously emotionally devastating to the other spouse or partner, does not reach the level of intimacy necessary for it to function as adultery under the Divorce Act.
Adults and teens alike eagerly await the next installment of their favorite game, which makes back its development costs in just a week. This means that a person who seeks to divorce someone on the basis of their virtual infidelity must first separate from their partner and live separate and apart for one full year.