The Recursive Relationship between Virtual and Real in Relationships

Richard E. Ferdig, Kristine E. Pytash, Glenn W. Muschert


We live in an era of digitally-mediated relationships. From finding a spouse online to daily interactions facilitated through social media, many people build and sustain both platonic and romantic relationships with technology. Virtual worlds are also spaces for these interactions. This special issue is dedicated to an exploration of such topics in a collection of articles exploring “real virtual relationships.”


Real virtual relationships; relationships; virtual worlds; theJVWR; virtual relationship;

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