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I’m in Second Life. Now what?

December 3, 2010

Second Life isn’t for everyone and it doesn’t have to be. It’s a convenient, creative and fun atmosphere to host virtual meet-ups. For example, I would rather send my avatar to the School of Library and Information Science to attend a job fair in Second Life than to rent a car and drive to San Jose in real life. It’s fun to dress and design your avatar. Flying around and checking out new places is cool, too. However, after the first hour I was bored. I met some strange avatars in an urban atmosphere that clearly had their own thing going on. I’m not sure what one is supposed to do with oneself in Second Life other than attend meet ups for informational events. It also has a heavily prevalent commercial element to it. There are many ways to spend real money in this virtual world. I find it difficult to understand why someone would spend hard earned cash on a virtual apartment for their avatar to “live” in. Or why someone would spend real money for virtual clothing for their avatar to wear. In conclusion I am neither for or against Second Life. I am ambivalent to Second Life. I would attend another event or return to hear a speaker or take a class but don’t see myself spending much time there for recreational purposes.

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