It doesn’t however, mean that she talks to that person more (or at all) in real life.It is not uncommon for a girl to have a boyfriend whom she never actually talks to in person but spends most of her day texting with.Fortunately, all of it — the park, the boy, the prom — was merely virtual.The date took place in Fantage, short for "fantastic age," a virtual world made for kids that lets users chat, attend parties, host fashion shows, play mini-games, and even go to school.Moderators also immerse themselves in the game, going undercover to monitor slang trends and look for new phrases."Our moderators are working around the clock," Poitras said. We're able to get a very good sense of what's going on in the environment and in the audience." Poitras said Club Penguin has "hundreds" of moderators worldwide, which he believes is one of the largest if not the largest moderation staff out of comparable sites.They share their lives, as well, without the discomfort or effort that a phone call or in person exchange might require.This false and immediate intimacy then impedes the possibility of the relationship blossoming into something more real as the connection gets waylaid in a kind of texting purgatory: a fast-paced, uber cool, pseudo-sexy, nowheresville.
There’s the Finnish Habbo Hotel, the National Geographic-owned Animal Jam, the Disney-owned Club Penguin, and more.Its system uses white lists, word filters, and the other known tricks, but it goes a bit further.Club Penguin players can’t tell when their messages are being blocked, for one thing, online safety manager Gerard Poitras told The Verge.The real relationship not only can’t catch up with the virtual relationship, but also becomes its hostage. Adult relationships are also getting caught in the chasm between virtual and actual reality.After a first or second date, it is common for would-be couples to begin texting with a frequency, casualness, and intimacy that doesn’t fit the level of the relationship; they share their thoughts, feelings, and everyday experiences as if communicating with a best friend or maybe more accurately, a part of themselves.