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Do You Participate in Second Life?

For those of you who only take light doses of geekdom let me explain: Second Life is a 3-D virtual world that's built and owned by its residents. It opened to the public in 2003, but is now inhabited by more than 6,240,591 people from around the globe, who create avatars of themselves, buy land, spend money, go shopping and do all the other things you might do in the non-virtual world. "From the moment you enter the World you'll discover a vast digital continent, teeming with people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity," says the Second Life website. "Once you've explored a bit, perhaps you'll find a perfect parcel of land to build your house or business."

Currently, the phenomenon is filled with high profile appearances and a rapidly expanding list of residents - last summer Suzanne Vega became the first major recording artist to perform live in Second Life avatar form, American Apparel opened a virtual store, and L'Oreal Paris even held a Miss Second Life beauty contest. It's also home to some controversy. Last week, a ginormous media circus occured after a German TV station alleged there was child pornography in the community. According to reports, the claims were found to be inaccurate (the accused man was 54 and the woman was 27), but nonetheless, the community is back in the public eye.

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catstarr catstarr 10 years
my boyfriend plays and wants me to try.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
I've never tried it.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Nope--I have an addiction problem to games LOL
macgirl macgirl 10 years
I just heard about this recently. From what I got it was like the Sims but with real people as the other characters. Seems seedy and a bit creepy. As a married woman I don't think it's appropriate to play a "game" where people are trying to have virtual sex with me... I'm no prude but if I found out my husband was staying up late at night playing this I might be a bit upset.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I've never heard of it.
Watermelon-Crawl Watermelon-Crawl 10 years
Team Sugar is as close as I get to virtual shopping,etc. I prefer the real thing.
SFKitkat SFKitkat 10 years
No offense to those who do participate in it, but it just seems like a huge waste of time to me...I have enough going on in my "first" life that I don't have time for, so I can't imagine putting the time and effort into a second life.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Nope, I spend enough time on the Sugar sites and Neopets. I don't need another thing. I'd never sleep. And if it's as full of pervs as everyone says then I don't think I'd be interested anyway.
theworldloves theworldloves 10 years
I don't really play RPGs or anything online...
shini shini 10 years
yeah I tried it because cosmopolitan offered it, but its something you'd do if you're totally out of control horny hahah, what I mean is, its loaded with pornography and adult content materials AND perverted people. I'd rather play the sims.
thedeannamarie thedeannamarie 10 years
I won't touch it with a ten-foot pole. It's filthy, filthy, filthy. I'll stay over here on this site of the Internet, thanks...
asciident asciident 10 years
I played with it a bit but it's clunky and ugly, and besides attending these virtual get togethers, the primary activity of Second Life residents (at least in my and my friends' experience) is something to do with virtual sex. Having it, making paraphernelia for it, talking about it, building places for it, etc. *shrug* I have a boyfriend in my "first" life, I don't need virtual sex, and I got bored with all the other bits. If I want Sims, I play The Sims 2.
jendudley jendudley 10 years
I was addicted for about 3 months. It was kinda like the sims. I had to pull myself away. It becomes a timesuck for me.
verily verily 10 years
It's a virtual wasteland. I roamed around in it once, but was a bit disturbed by what the denizens have built. Lots of bars and strip clubs, etc... I wouldn't let a kid near this.
KerryG KerryG 10 years
I signed up once and played around with it a bit, but couldn't relly figure out how to do anything interesting, and my usually excellent computer didn't like it anyway, so I uninstalled it.
clbailey1 clbailey1 10 years
Have to admit I don't quite "get" second life yet!
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