3D Virtual World Creates New Genre of Cyber Sex
Proceedings of IADIS International Conference: ICT, Society and Human Beings
Posted: 2 Jun 2009 Last revised: 5 Aug 2014
Date Written: May 15, 2009
Sex is one of the biggest industries in the virtual world of Second Life - ranging from shops selling beds embedded with animation scripts to professional escort services. While virtual sex is not a new concept, the usage of avatars in a 3D immersive environment creates a level of interactivity unprecedented in former forms of cyber sex. In these virtual worlds, cyber sex includes dialogue as well as visual stimulation, and is unique in that the user is able to actively participate in the content development of both visual and textual elements of role-playing.
Keywords: cyber sex, virtual worlds, virtual sex, Second Life, virtual relationships, role-playing, user-generated content
JEL Classification: L86
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