Dr Madeline Balaam, co-author of the research, said: "Society is already obsessed with body image and the digital industry is no different, creating the perfect virtual woman
from Lara Croft to sex-robots.
I was welcomed by a virtual woman
made of 3M technology, who kindly talked me through the impact 3M has on all of us every day.
Participants then stood with the virtual woman
But sometimes actions in Second Life can have real world consequences - one British couple are divorcing in real life after the wife discovered her husband's avatar was having an affair with another virtual woman
Spokeswoman Ada Fong said users of third-generation, or 3G, phones who subscribe to the game can send text messages to the virtual woman
, who'll respond by voice.
You know when you meet a virtual woman
you like, but then her interface seems slow and clumsy and you can't be bothered, but she keeps sending you emails trying to get back together?
You need to get him to understand and acknowledge your feelings and assure you that you come first in his life, not some virtual woman
From my earliest effort to construct an online persona," notes Sherry Turkle, "it occurred to me that being a virtual man might be more comfortable than being a virtual woman
gt;From my earliest effort to construct an online persona, I learned that being a virtual man might be more comfortable than being a virtual woman