"A lot of the people on Av Match are looking for online partners only in the site, and many are looking only for friends," Mosel told Huff Post.
"Others are looking for real life partners." While some members post only their avatars -- a perfected image of an often-idealized self -- others post pictures of their offline selves and make it clear that they see dating on Second Life as equivalent to dating in real life.
They make up two of approximately seven million registered users of Utherverse, a 3D virtual world geared to an adult audience with a design that was inspired by Amsterdam’s red light district.
The Riselings also number among the many people who have found love through massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) such as Utherverse, World of Warcraft and Second Life.
According to a 2007 study, one in three MMORPG players have found themselves attracted to another player.