Nearly 40% of men and 53% of women who play online games said their virtual friends were equal to or better than their real-life friends, according to a survey of 30,000 gamers conducted by Nick Yee, a recent Ph.D. graduate from Stanford University. More than a quarter of gamers said the emotional highlight of the past week occurred in a computer world, according to the survey, which was published in 2006 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press's journal Presence.
We have some divorce cases through SMS and Facebook as well.
So what exactly is the impact of social networking? Can regular chatting or video-chats between a man and woman on the internet lead to a virtual marriage? Or what about “virtual infidelity?” If an unrelated Saudi guy and girl are interacting back and forth via the internet either by chatting or having video-chats would that action therefore put them in a state of khulwa?
Can a Saudi man (or any man) for example have a virtual wife? I became curious and started doing some research on the topic of a virtual wife and not surprisingly found various articles on the subject. Even the Wall Street Journal provided an article on a man who took a virtual wife and what impact that act had with his real live wife. According to the article, “Family-law experts and marital counselors say they’re seeing a growing number of marriages dissolve over virtual infidelity. Cyber affairs don’t legally count as adultery unless they cross over into the real world, but they may be cited as grounds for divorce and could be a factor in determining alimony and child custody in some states, according to several legal experts…”