Limited Views of Second Life

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A couple of months ago, I came across an article on Business Insider about Second Life.  The author seemed to surprised to find Second Life was still around, and spent some time exploring.  She had a ‘guide’ – a resident who took her around and showed her some of the things she does in SL.  You can read the original article here.

The reaction to the article from SL residents was mostly negative.  It was argued that her experience with SL was limited, and that she missed out on much of what makes SL ‘great.’  I, too, would argue that the author’s experience was not ‘typical.’  It’s certainly not how I spend my time in SL.  However, I haven’t been a ‘new user’ in quite some time, so perhaps it is my view that needs expanding.

I began to wonder – how do others spend their time in SL?  If you’re a dancer, you spent a lot of your time choreographing, building, and performing.  But what about the rest of the time?  Where do you go?  What do you do?  If you log into SL for an evening of ‘fun,’ what does that look like for you?

Do you wander around beautiful sims taking photographs?  Do you go sailing?  Flying?  Scuba diving?  Do you roleplay?  Do you have a regular group of friends you spend time with or do you spend most of your time in-world alone?

As I was writing this, I came across another article discussing how ‘Adult’ sims have proliferated in SL and questioning how (or if) LL plans to address this issue in their ‘next gen’ platform (or SL2.0, as many refer to it).  Read the original article here.  Be sure to read the comments – they are interesting as well.

It’s worth noting that not all ‘adult’ rated sims exist solely for the purpose of porn/sex.  I’ve been to several dance shows which were located on adult sims (because there was nudity in the show).  However, I wasn’t tripping over people obliviously humping one another in the streets. To those of us who spend our time in SL doing many other things besides cybersex, this assumption seems strange indeed.  It is yet another limited view of SL.

SL has a lot of different communities doing a lot of different things.  I asked in a previous post what the dance community could do to encourage new people to visit and stay.  What do other communities (like RP, tiny, etc.) do to attract new people?

Chime in and let me know what else there is to do in SL.  I’m constantly on the lookout for new experiences.  I’ve never been scuba-diving or sailing or . . .  Show (and/or tell) me what I’m missing!