Second Life, and any online virtual community like it, can be a social lifeline to those who may be more isolated, marginalized or cut off in real life. There is a lot said these days about how virtual life is causing us to interact with each other less…but few people talk about the flip side of that. For many of us, virtual life can help us gain connections we lack in RL.
You know, I had developed some alts, and then they met people who really loved those (pretty one dimensional) characters, and then I came out (sort of) and donated the alt account to them, and they are living it further. It’s maybe a bit like having a kid, and then letting it go.
It’s so great to watch our avatars dance close, then pull away and swing around and do impossible things! And dancing is major Chat Time! Whether just one on one with Lisa, or in a group at Skybound. Dancing allows folks to let their hair down and vent and tease.