The second term, a cyber-relationship, is also what it sounds like, a romantic relationship that exists between two people using only the above mentioned media, that goes on for an extended period of time and that may or may not have the goal of ever meeting in real life. If you go about this internet relationship with one or more persons for a very long period of your life (and it is your primary source of romantic fulfillment), then stunted social skills and a superiority complex will start to dominate your personality - an odd combination of traits.
If you delve into either, what you are in store for is most of the fun and emotional fulfillment of an affair without all the horribly complicated real world bullshit that fucking, dating and hanging out entails. You never get to know your romantic love interest as they really and truly are in real time flesh, blood and mind. You are also likely to develop a sense of "animism" about your computer and ultimately a mutated case of "objectum-sexuality" about it and the ritual of experiencing your human lover "through" it's highly controllable, plastic medium.
The cybersex industry is a billion-dollar business worldwide.
And it is expanding in developing countries such as the Philippines, where more children are being abused due to rampant poverty and a growing cyber network.
The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.
The word "animism" comes from the Latin word for "breath" or "soul" and it refers to the belief that inanimate objects are sentient beings, i.e.; that they have intelligence, feelings, and are able to communicate.
"Objectum-sexuality" is the love of, and sexual attraction to, specific inanimate objects.
It differs from fetishism in that it is usually an attraction to one specific object, i.e.; your car as opposed to just any car, and it deals more with romantic attraction and fulfillment rather that sexual arousal. Yes folks, I firmly believe, based on my actual hands-on, real life experience in a fantasy, non-reality, denial ridden situation, that a sure and healthy way to e-x-t-e-n-d that wonderful limbo of having a crush on someone for a while longer before reality ever kicks in... That thrill of the hunt and the rush of the first flirt can last forever... These romantic cyber relationships I've been experimenting with have been with real people (one person in particular) that I have never met or been around in real life.
I am convinced that my cyber relationships with people are a way to extend the wonderful feeling of having a crush on someone for as long as possible, while still going through the machinations of building a real relationship. In the case of the biggest one, the one you could call my "cyber" boyfriend, he was someone that I was around in real life about 2% of the time that we spent together.