Have you ever been in a social setting (like a club, party, etc…) where you meet someone new and start up a conversation and then have them spew 20 questions at you one after another without hesitation? I often get very uneasy in those types of situations because I am a somewhat private person, in both lives, and don’t feel comfortable sharing where I’m from, my real name, my whole life story, etc… the first time I meet someone. Besides, it gets a little boring answering the same ASL type questions over and over.
So I thought I would ask you a new, fresh set of questions about your Second Lives that are still personal and will help you to get to know someone, but might be a bit more thought-provoking. I didn’t come up with these questions though. I asked a friend to help me out, he chooses to stay anonymous, but he did provide almost all of the questions listed below. Thank you for your help! <3
Meme instructions: Answer the following 20 personal questions about your Second Life. Don’t forget to share a link to your post in the comments!
- When and how did you discover Second Life? – I discovered it in May 2007 through a friend.
- Did you know about virtual worlds before or was this your first experience with them? – No, I didn’t really. I was never a gamer. The only game I had played was SIMS so I assumed it was similar to that, which it is in a way, but the social aspect was completely surprising to me.
- Has Second Life met your expectations? – I’m not sure I had many expectations when I first joined, but I know that my Second Life has been quite fulfilling.
- If you could teleport back to the first ten minutes of your avatar’s slife, what would you tell yourself? – Start again and this time pick a better name!
- How long did it take you to master avatar flying and driving vehicles inworld? – Flying I think it took me quite a while because I would just run into buildings and get stuck and I am still trying to master driving vehicles, lol! I mostly stick to walking and running.
- Do you have a mystery alt? – I don’t. My close friends know pretty much all of my alts and most of my alts have “this is Strawberry Singh’s alt” written in their profile, lol.
- Is your SL avatar a reflection of you, or someone you wished you could be? – Personality wise, she is just me. I am not a roleplayer where I take on a different persona when I login. Berry is who I am. However as for looks, Berry is a lot prettier and curvier than the real me so yes, in that aspect, I wish I could be her.
- Is there an individual you met in SL that inspired you in your RL? How? – There is someone that made me realize that I need to become more independent and build up my confidence. So now, I am working on achieving that. I don’t wish to share the person’s name.
- Do you feel it is easier to create stronger bonds/relationships with people you meet inworld as opposed to the real world? – I think it is the same actually, in a lot of ways. In the real world there is an advantage where you can actually see/touch the person. However, it’s also very easy to get to know someone while just chatting with them via IM, without having other real world distractions getting in the way. So even though I am quite anti-social in Second Life these days, it’s the relationships/friendships/bonds that I created here at the start of my SLife that have kept me here this long.
- Did you ever imagine or believe people could fall in love with someone they never met before Second Life? – Yeah, it’s been happening for years. People fall in love with pen pals or others they may have communicated with online, just not in Second Life. I don’t believe that people only fall in love with someone because of their physical appearance alone, but instead, their personalities, thoughts, beliefs and more. People fall in love because there is a connection, those kinds of connections can be made in many different ways.
- How has your perspective of dating changed (or not) since you started playing second life? – At the moment I don’t really have many positive feelings about dating, in either life, so I’m going to just skip this question.
- How has your perspective of employment changed (or not) since you started playing second life? – Never did I imagine that people could make a living creating virtual items in a virtual world. But they do and it’s made me realize that employment doesn’t mean an office job you go to every day from 9 to 5 or the career you chose to study for in college. I feel in the future we will see more career opportunities through virtual reality in some form.
- Name three things in both your lives that overlap each other significantly. – Hmmmm, this is a hard one for me since I don’t really make a living here but I guess I can say friendships, creative inspiration and socialization.
- If you could live your life more immersively in a virtual world, would you? (Kind of like the Matrix) – No, I prefer to keep it as just a part-time hobby. The thought of becoming too immersive creeps me out a bit.
- How do you think behavior changes for people if they’re inworld vs in real world? Why do you think that is? – People are a lot ruder in the virtual world because they can hide behind the veil of anonymity and not suffer many repercussions for their obnoxious behavior.
- How has second life consumerism changed your perception of spending habits, the value of money, the need to be “bleeding edge” with fashion? – Before Second Life, I was really careless with money and had a very bad shopping habit. Joining Second Life and not investing money into it, working different jobs and earning my way from nothing taught me better money management skills.
- Do you think virtual worlds like SL drive and redefine human interaction or do they narrow and limit it? – I think they do drive it and as our world becomes more technically advanced I can see it redefining human interaction in many ways, which is somewhat terrifying to me at the same time.
- If technology progressed tomorrow to allow you to send emotions to people the way you’d send text or voice messages, would it enrich your SL experience or infringe on it? – I think it would take me time to adjust to it. At first I would be creeped out but I guess as time goes by and it becomes the norm, it would be easier to handle. I can see it enriching the experience for many, especially those that are in deeply connected relationships.
- Name three skills you attribute to having learned or honed in second life alone. – Money management, Photoshop, and networking.
- If your grand kids googled your Second Life Avatar’s name, would they be intrigued, disgusted, proud or something else? – Oh god, I hope that never happens! I don’t think they would be disgusted or proud. I imagine they might point and laugh at me.
So now we have 20 new, more thought-provoking and perhaps a bit confusing questions to ask people when we try and socialize inworld. I hope you guys are able to participate and answer these.
Please remember that you can participate in any of the memes/challenges at any time. You’ll find them all under my Blog Challenges category along with other memes and challenges I’ve done over the years.
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