Internet is the greatest form of art mankind has ever created, almost perfection. A virtual place where you can find practically everything to satisfy your seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. The world at your feet far away from you.

It was once fiction but today it has become reality. You can survive by just having an internet connection and manage online your life offline: buy, shop, befriend, earn, find, hook up, plan, travel, discover, experience, share, create, promote, stay in touch.

The web is one of the strongest weapons in our popular culture. Can you imagine how our world would have looked like today if internet had been invented hundreds of years ago. The Gettysburg Address by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln broadcasted worldwide, Albert Einstein tweeting and answering questions on ask.fm, private Facebook events telling you where the parties were during the Prohibition, Martin Luther publishing his work online, an interview with Jane Austen to promote her latest novel, the propaganda and marketing conducted during the World Wars. The world as we know it today would definitely have looked different.

But it didn’t happen like that. History was written in a different way and our generation was born in a technological boom, progress, innovation, an invention that probably was meant to help and only be used in a good way without endangering no one and respecting each other, but again it didn’t happen like that. We are human beings with flaws and in search of who we really are.

What would happen if you would apply the (in)famous seven deadly sins on the virtual world? I think you would definitely not go to heaven and be in need of some confession. Let’s start with the most desirable sin of all (source: Oxford Dictionaries):

Lust: [mass noun]1. Strong sexual desire: he knew that his lust for her had returned; 1.1[in singular] A passionate desire for something: a lust for power; 1.2(usually lusts) chiefly Theology A sensuous appetite regarded as sinful: lusts of the flesh.

The virtual definition:

Hundreds of ‘dating’ websites, an infinite list of pornographic websites, sexual messaging with your partner or lover using WhatsApp, secret flirting online to hook up afterwards, exchange sensual videos and pictures.

Yes I think that many of us haven’t passed the first sin.

The naughty girl/boy/woman/man in us has a bigger sexual drive you can imagine but fortunately online there’s something for everyone. A small selection of the wide gamma online caught my attention.

Ashley Madison

Promoting itself using the following slogan: Life is short. Have an affair. The online personals & dating destination for casual encounters, married dating, discreet encounters and extramarital affairs. They promote the idea that monogamy doesn’t need to be an obligation but a choice you make. Revive the passion in your relationship. Founded in Canada in 2002, and counting supposedly 37 million active and non active registered users. Unfortunately even hackers have some desires and last summer they stole all of its customer data and released some of it. So be clever and avoid registering to a website if you want to have an affair or at least try to be as anonymous as possible. Cheating should be your burden don’t burden others with your sins. If instead you are single just go for it but be careful and use protection for a long lifetime of fun. (mostly used for computers, there is also the app for Android and iOS but reading some of the reviews the application sucks).

Grindr

Born in 2009 as The world’s biggest mobile network of guys – Find local gay, bi and curious guys for dating or friends for free on Grindr. Meet the men nearest you with GPS, location-based Grindr. Looking to hook up, a relationship or just friendship? Men will be men, looking into this application I just got the impression it’s a kind of Instagram lookalike where you are rated immediately and skip all the regular steps to go immediately to the point: Life is short. Just do it. The only problem with having a profile here is that your privacy is not protected by their privacy policy. Ashley Madison is more discrete and people are more private. If on Grindr you ask the wrong question or give the wrong answer be prepared because a nice screenshot with or without your name may suddenly appear in not so private places. (only available by downloading the app for Android and iOS, the application was originally developed for iOS so the quality is much better).

Sometimes I wonder what women think and if they use these kind of platforms such as PinkCupid (a dating website especially designed for lesbians) and Lulu (a girls-only application to share experiences and get information to make smarter decisions and where men are rated and listed).

‘Lust’ shouldn’t be considered as a sin but should be embraced showing that you have the power to control an fulfill your sexual desires without hurting anyone. Desire was meant to be a good feeling not a mistake repeated throughout history.

Soon: ‘The story of how Gluttony has infiltrated the virtual world’