So you have a new girl-/boyfriend in Second Life and you have been having a marvelous time with her/him? She/he is intelligent, witty, easy-going, loves parties, enjoys herself and pleases you, and she/he even has lots of interesting friends. Sounds great, right? But is she/he actually like that in RL?
Well, Second Life drops all barriers, and while people may disagree a lot about this issue, the old saying – “in the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog” – certainly applies to SL, too. With a vengeance.
Forget about age, ethnicity, religion, social status, or even sex. In SL everybody knows that the avatar can be infinitely changed at any time. So people simply don’t care about “appearances”. You just can’t rely on it. The shyest person in the world may be online as a strip dancer. Who knows? And more important – who cares?
This, of course, is a great thing that SL doesn’t share with RL. There is simply no conception about “prejudice” because it doesn’t make any sense at all. How can you have any type of “prejudice” against someone who may look completely different in 5 minutes or so – the time you take to completely switch your avatar to something different?| | | Next → |