Monday, December 29, 2008

How much of your real life do reveal in second life?

(Question 5 of 10)

When I first joined Second Life, my intention was to reveal absolutely nothing abut myself at all. However, as I have spent time here, I learned that to get the most out of the experience, you have to be your self… you have to be real. There is no sense in spending time on empty personal interaction with people who you know nothing about and who know nothing about you. This said, it would be foolish to toss around sensitive personal information in Second Life just as it would be in real life. I openly publish my age and general geographic location. I am forthcoming with my industry profession and general information on my hobbies, sexuality, marital status, and my likes and dislikes. As friendships grow, and trust is established, I become more specific about aspects of my life but I tend to hold back on information that I would consider to be personally identifiable. With very close friends, I talk openly about my life and have shared, real life photos, phone numbers, addresses, and my real life name. I have even met a few friends in real life.

1 comment:

  1. I had a similar plan Baz.. To show only the outer skin of the onion..

    Over time I've modified that.. I open the onion (or, alternate visual metaphor: un-nest the Russian dolls) as I feel comfortable and it feels appropriate.

    I believe in the importance of Honesty AND Fantasy and try to maintain a balance.. Honesty for my friends, Fantasy for those who are still strangers or still acquaintances.