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“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.

I just want her back.” It all sounds very extreme, but according to Professor Mark Griffiths, a psychologist at Nottingham Trent University who has carried out research into the field, it’s surprisingly easy to get emotionally involved online.

“The internet is a disinhibiting medium, where people’s emotional guard is down,” he says.

It gets even weirder once you realise that Kristen’s mother logged on to Second Life to see her “daughter” Kira wed Nik and that Steve’s mate was his best man, watching, all choked up, on the sidelines.

The bizarre event was the culmination of five months of cyber-dating, during which time Kirsten and Steve’s avatars met in Second Life, struck up a virtual rapport, had virtual sex and moved in together, virtually.

He said, ‘Maybe I am, and maybe I’m not’ and it all started from there.Companies such as Sony, Ikea, BMW and Coca-Cola also have a presence and Reuters and Sky News have bureaux. But for individuals, a major appeal of Second Life is that it’s like real life, only much much better.It’s a world where you don’t have to be dumpy, or from Nuneaton, one where your avatar can look like a model, shop for virtual designer shoes and make virtual friends.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.“Neither of us went on Second Life to find a new relationship,” says Kristen.

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