Online relationships are similar in many ways to pen pal relationships.This relationship can be romantic, platonic, or even based on business affairs.Around 44 million players who explore virtual worlds and thousands of games.Marketed to kids and teens, some parents are worried that adults are bringing real world problems to the virtual one."I was concerned after reading an article online about the game and some inappropriate messages," said James Jordan, a father whose six and nine-year-old played the game.My earliest memories of the internet are set in AOL chat rooms.I spent the summer of 1998 in chats about video games, the James Bond series, major league baseball, and whatever else interested my 10-year-old mind. "I am 13," I'd explain, "Male, and from Missouri." If the stranger was my age, or claimed to be, the conversation would continue.
It has more than 30 million unique monthly users - predominantly kids.Otherwise, the term is quite broad and can include relationships based upon text, video, audio, or even virtual character.This relationship can be between people in different regions, different countries, different sides of the world, or even people who reside in the same area but do not communicate in person. Michael Jaffe, author of Gender, Pseudonyms, and CMC: Masking Identities and Baring Souls, "the Internet was originally established to expedite communication between governmental scientists and defense experts, and was not at all intended to be the popular 'interpersonal mass medium' it has become", yet new and revolutionary devices enabling the mass public to communicate online are constantly being developed and released.The range, scope, and prevalence of sex technology in 2015 makes the AOL chatrooms of 1997 seem quaint.Snapchat, Tinder, and even Facebook double as social networks, dating platforms, and subtle messaging systems for sexual missives.You have plenty to choose from too: avatar customization, friends, themed chat rooms, even a room where you can host shared viewings of 360 degree still images.