"People will send me pictures of their [real] kids. The site currently has 20,000 members from 50 to 60 different countries.
It would be hard to put a count on the number of couples who meet on our world." Shuster, who uses Utherverse himself, and four MMORPG players interviewed said they believe dating in Utherverse is far more natural than dating through "flat page" dating sites like Match or Ok Cupid where avatars do not exist. "I'd have notes from women, and if I wasn't interested I'd feel just horrible ... Its premium unlimited package, which allows members to reach out to as many avatars as they want, costs 1425 lindens (units of Second Life currency) a month, which translates to .25.
But the Riselings and many other couples have found that their avatar attraction extended far beyond the computer screen.
"We turned on our cameras on Skype because our daughters wanted to meet each other," Meta told The Huffington Post.
Things can get very real very quickly." Separating Virtual Reality From Reality-Reality According to Mosel, what would happen over the course of weeks in real life occurs in days, if not hours, online.
But some bemoan the short-lived nature of some virtual relationships.
They make up two of approximately seven million registered users of Utherverse, a 3D virtual world geared to an adult audience with a design that was inspired by Amsterdam’s red light district.
"There are 100 [virtual] weddings a month right now, which is mind boggling," Shuster said, and they often lead to real long-term relationships. Mosel created Av Match, a dating profile site similar to or Ok Cupid for users' Second Life avatars.
Sean and Meta Jo Riseling first met on the dance floor of a club in July 2009.
Pushed together by mutual friends, the two instantly hit it off and a few dances (plus a couple rounds of body shots) later, they went home together.
From users hiding their real-life marriages from their Second Life spouses (and their Second Life marriages from their real spouses) to people signing in as multiple avatars -- male and female -- to couples finding real love, Mosel has seen it all. He describes virtual dating as the ultimate way to meet women. With so many users, there has been plenty of opportunity to meet women." Different members have different ethical standards when it comes to virtual fidelity.
"Whether it be trading gifts, taking them to scenic views, or sending romantic 'whispers,' the ability to woo women via Wo W is easy," Connors wrote in an email to Huff Post. "We receive subpoenas where lawyers ask for stills of say, a husband’s avatar with other women on Utherverse, because they consider it cheating," Utherverse founder Brian Schuster said.