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Chat room addicts beware: unreal, virtual relationships in Cyberia can cause you real pain.

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His virtual romance found climax in a real heartbreak. It happened three months ago, when Delhi-based Vinay Jasuja, 27, logged on to the Internet one morning to discover an empty mailbox. His cyberlover had not left the usual wake-up sweet-nothings. Vinay received no e-mails from her through the week, waited interminably at chat sites to meet her, spent jittery hours trawling the Net for her through nights. It was as if she'd vanished from the cyberworld, leaving no traces at all. She'd never given him her real name, or her whereabouts, even in the most torrid moments of their year-long cyber affair and resisted his pressure to meet up. Till she left, and left Vinay pining. He's now seeing a psychologist thrice a week, trying to make sense of a surreal personal tragedy.

Bangalore's Malathi Srinivas is also trying to come to terms with the havoc the Net has wreaked on her marital life. "It seemed just too unnatural to tell friends that I've lost my husband to the computer," she says. "That he ignores his children and me to spend time with strange women on the Net, that I...
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