Amongst "serious" roleplayers, cybering may occur as part of a larger plot–the characters involved may be lovers or spouses.In situations like this, the people typing often consider themselves separate entities from the "people" engaging in the sexual acts, much as the author of a novel often does not completely identify with his or her characters.
Imagination and suspension of disbelief are also critically important.
Cybersex can occur either within the context of existing or intimate relationships, e.g.
It can also be performed using webcams, voice chat systems like Skype, or online games and/or virtual worlds like Second Life.
The exact definition of cybersex—specifically, whether real-life masturbation must be taking place for the online sex act to count as cybersex—is up for debate.
It is also fairly frequent in online role-playing games, such as MUDs and MMORPGs, though approval of this activity varies greatly from game to game.