In the chatrooms, everyone is in their own secret world. Users can easily engage in cybersex with multiple partners simultaneously, switching between the conversations with ease, playing different personalities - different roles - in each, and letting each think that they are the only one. Ha ha! I fooled you - I'm really doing this with three other people! Ha ha! I fooled you - I'm really an old, fat man in Toledo, not a young sweaty goddess from Barbados! Ha ha! I fooled you - I'm really at work and am not turned on at all by the words that you are typing! It is this sense of power, of playing a private joke, that is an  is part of the addictiveness of cybersex, and of chatrooms in general.

Of course, the real joke is the fact that no one wants to acknowledge that we're all trying to fool each other.

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