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Second Life & divorce

Any space in which people can interact (physical and virtual) brings out human nature. Our minds don’t seem to really care if something is real, observed, or imagined (at least this is the suggestion made with the discovery of mirror neurons). Several months ago, I was chatting with an individual who said her location didn’t allow her to see sunrises and sunsets. Instead, she watched them in Second Life while she enjoyed a cup of coffee or tea. The social impact of virtual worlds is not fully understood (especially considering they are still first-generation tools – virtual worlds will continue to get more real, further blurring what we physically experience and what we create online). Second Life & Divorce presents a glimpse of how morals and ethics will be (re)considered online.

9 Comments

  1. Jack wrote:

    Both of these people need to get a life…offline.

    Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 5:15 am | Permalink
  2. Leah wrote:

    The whole story sounds like something out of ‘The Onion’

    Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 8:19 am | Permalink
  3. Kathy wrote:

    Yes please get a life!! LOL!

    Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 7:48 pm | Permalink
  4. An observer wrote:

    Though this bothers me on so many levels, I guess what totally astonishes me is that “she” has already moved on to another online relationship. And it seems rather quickly as well. Was there any time to evaluate the pros and cons?

    To me, it seems she (and he) is looking for “love?” in all the wrong places.

    Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 7:50 am | Permalink
  5. Costin wrote:

    Let’s face it. There are many singles persons outthere… Even if domr of them asre living in couples ;)

    Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
  6. Costin wrote:

    err: Sorry for the typo. *some of them

    Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 5:29 pm | Permalink
  7. muse Kidd wrote:

    In a world that embraces the concept of “Reality Television”, how does one not accept Second Life? It is completely interactive. The places you can visit have all been built by the users. You can in fact build whatever you can imagine. Schools throughout the world are embracing this technology as a means to create virtual classrooms. Practically anything you can see on your television, listen to on the radio, or view across the Internet is available through Second Life.

    YouTube, FaceBook, et. al have all been accepted as valid forms of communication… Second Life provides all of that within a three-dimensional interactive environment.

    Remember back when the Apple was a “toy” computer? Remember when the World Wide Web was something just for universties?

    For those that think people using Second Life to avoid REAL life need to wake up. Get out from behind your passive Sunday football games and DO something. Visit Rome… which has 6,000 replicated buildings and ruins.

    Second Life is limitless in many ways. For those that are homebound or unable to travel it is an immersive environment that provides the ability to meet, communicate, and discover people from all over the world.

    And by the way, using “cartoons” as a derogative insults all the talented people that create movies such as Toy Story, Shrek, and all the others most people enjoy.

    I wait for the day when the folks at Disney and Pixar start building in Second Life… and I will lay money down… that when that day comes… I bet you’ll be in Second Life too.

    Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 6:48 pm | Permalink
  8. muse kidd wrote:

    and also of note:

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/BUSINESS/07/10/virtual.disabled/index.html

    and

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/07/16/db.secondlifetherapy/index.html

    and

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/BUSINESS/09/16/second.life/index.html

    Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 7:14 pm | Permalink
  9. Morgan wrote:

    Wow! I agree that virtual worlds are getting stronger and more complex everyday, but we shouldn’t allow it to fully take over what is real.

    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

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