Jamie Cybermill, a New York City resident, has asked her husband 'Texas-Bob', a Houston Texas resident, for a divorce after 10 years of living together in an internet chat room - without ever seeing each other face to face.
The couple first met each other playing Chinese checkers over the Internet. Their relationship blossomed from a simple yahoo-games courtship into a fully blown instant-message relationship. Eventually, 'Texas-bob' proposed to Jamie with a singing e mail gram.
The couple finally settled down and moved into a computer chat room where Bob found a job as a moderator for an internet message board and Jamie cleaned computer viruses for a living. Over the years, the couple gave birth to six lovely blogs and adopted a 3 year old laptop.
Thing went well for a while for the chat room couple, but, according to Jamie, a faulty internet connection and the heavy social life of internet chatting destroyed their marriage.
"First, my internet connection went down and I couldn't communicate with my husband anymore," Ms. Cybermill said. "Then my husband started staying out late at night in other chat rooms chatting with old buddies of his from 'CompuServe chat'. By the time I fixed the internet connection, Bob stopped chatting with me. My youngest blog began complaining that his father was never around to post any comments to him. I pretty much lost my husband to the rest of cyberspace."
"I finally asked 'Texas-Bob' for a divorce. He moved into his own chat room and took the laptop with him. I've got custody of the blogs. But it's not easy for a single parent to live alone in a chat room, trying to support 6 blogs without a husband to chat with and a father to compliment the blogs on their blog posts. My oldest blog recently threatened to delete himself before Google's adsense managed to talk him out of it."
Cybermill said that Cyber life has taken its toll on her. "Maybe one day, me and my former husband will make peace with one another and start all over again," she said. "Maybe we'll move into a real house and the blogs will grow up to be real web sites with millions of visitors."
"If only I could find my husband and talk to him. But frankly, I have no idea where his chat room is and I don't even know his real-life name. I wonder what he looks like!"