Living On (Digital) Love: An Avatar Story

The latest from NEWSWEEK's Jessica Bennett is this feature about finding and keeping love in a virtual world -- a virtual, 3-D, avatar-based world. Bennett follows two unmarried single parents who, though geographically separated, have found a lasting and almost marriage-like relationship as avatars in 3-D computer game Second Life.

I'm really thrilled that people can finally read this story, as it's been in the works here for a while now. It's fascinating and really sticks with you, as in this observation that I haven't been able to get out of my head, regarding the pair's round-the-clock connectivity: "At night, they wear headphones to bed, so that even while they sleep, they can hear each other breathing through Skype."

Now that's love.