"My husband acted out all his fantasies by meeting the
girl he fell in love with in a chat room (he flew overseas,
pretending it was a business trip). I found out about it,
but he had already stopped contact with her. Now, he
is only chatting up women (normally bored housewives)
and has intimate, sexual talks with them. He stores the
conversations on the laptop, which allows me to read the
crap. I cannot live with this kind of unfaithfulness, but he
maintains that men are hunters and it's better to do it in
cyber-space than in real life. And the cost? A broken
marriage? Kids without a dad? Why does he not stop?"
(The Straits Times, 1999, p. 11)*
The Center for On-Line Addiction offers various tests for
determining if a person is addicted to the Internet. Visit the
center's index of tests to take the tests.