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Published: Thursday, Dec. 19 2013 4:25 p.m. MST

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lynn&sandy
West Jordan, UT

This has been a problem for many years, not just a recent one. I know someone whose wife became addicted to online life, doing role-playing games back in the late 90's, when RPG's were just taking off. She became so wrapped up into her online life, and the intricacies of the characters she played online, that online characters and her interactions with other people online became so time-consuming and important to her that she withdrew from her real-life family and friends. She would spend 12 hours a day online, her kids were being taken care off unless it was her husband's day off, and then none of them would see her all day. Eventually, she became so obscessed with her inline life she struck up a relationship offline with one of the other role-players who lived in another state, and brole up her marriage, declaring she was in love with some guy she had never met in person.
Can the line between real-life and online life be blurred? Yup.

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