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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Things I Don't Understand: "Second Life"

It boggles my mind that people spend their precious time and money online living in a fictional world. Is there not enough going on in their real lives? Is it a "reality is just not my thing" thing? How do you derive anything from inventing a character and spending all your time being said fictional character?

Shrinks must have a field day with this. If someone is disturbed, how can there even be hope of healing when they spend their real life being a character they've created that only "lives" online?

And what happens if and when the other online fake lives entwine and cross over into real life? I know of one example that destroyed a lot of real relationships. I'm still recovering from that insanity and the loss of an old friend who found her online life more important than those who loved her.

Color me clueless but dealing with life and real people is difficult, exciting, funny and surprising enough for me. I don't need to pose as a half-elf ninja nun. It's all pretty damn stimulating right here and now. But that must not be enough for some people. I just don't get it.

11 comments:

annieoatcake said...

I've just spent a few days reading socialist web sites, and that was enough to do my head in!

I'm sorry you didn't manage to see BB, maybe next time he's in town...

It's late here, I can't sleep and my arse is making buttons... my youngest daughter is driving me to distraction and I don't know how to handle it. Strange how you can deal with other peoples kids but end up a gibbering idiot when it's your own!

Austan said...

Annie darlin', you're tired to dirt. Three words. Go to bed. Retrace a trip you made somewhere, with your eyes closed. It'll all be better- or at least standable- tomorrow.

Rory Grant said...

Whenever I retrace a trip I made - I always end up in a bar.

Not sure if that's a good thing or not :)

Rory

annieoatcake said...

I will - thank you :-)

Austan said...

God, Rory, only you...
:D

CarrieBoo said...

"a half-elf ninja nun"... funny, that's how I had imagined you. :D

Austan said...

CarrieBoo- I'm flattered! Elves are so graceful! Actually I'm a mirror of my genes- Viking & Highlander. ;) Thanks! You made my day!

Austan said...

p.s. Carrie- I picture you as Princess Leia-like (regardless of your picture which kinda proves it). :D

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Lord, it's all I can handle running this one life without delving into one in Fantasyland. (They probably wouldn't let me be Queen of the Universe, anyway.)

CarrieBoo said...

Oh my goodness... my maiden name/heritage originally derives from the Vikings. And if Princess Leia is good at bodily functions and has gained a few extra pounds, it could be me!

Austan said...

Susan- I think you'd be a fine Queen of the Universe! :D

Carrie- Good at bodily finctions? Hahahahahahah!!! Oh you crack me up! So which branch of Scandihoovian are you?