With more and more people talking about Second Life, numerous issues have been raised so far. Although some of them are not so worrying, there is one issue which is quite serious and needs to be addressed. Since Second Life can be addictive, in what ways can the game affect your life?
Scientists all over the world have started carrying out various surveys in order to figure out just how many people play the game and what they think about it. Their findings suggest that the number of people interested in playing the game is getting bigger and bigger, which suggests that things will become even more interesting in this online world and that people will start spending more and more time playing the game. However, this can become a problem because although the game is just a game, for many people, this is a paradise, a place where they come to escape their real problems.
If you are susceptible and you find it very difficult not to get addicted to games, Second Life is potentially dangerous for you. Imagine the situation. You create your own avatar in Second Life and you start chatting with all sorts of people and you even come to realize that you like some of them. And after a while, you figure out that you would rather spend your free time with your new friends in the online world than with your real friends that you have known for years and years. Believe it or not, this happens and there are people who neglected their real friends and even the members of their family because they preferred sitting in front of the computer and spending time with a bunch of strangers. According to a recent survey carried out in several cities in the U.S., about 25% of people interviewed complained that their friends or members of their family spent more time playing the game than doing something with them.
People usually play games in order to have some fun and this is what Second Life can help you do without a doubt. However, if you play the game because you are dissatisfied with your life and want to build a new one, keep in mind that this is not really the best way to do it. No matter what, you have to remember that Second Life is not a way to fix your life. Do not take it so seriously. If you do, you will end up dealing with the issues in the game instead of dealing with your real life.
However, there is another way that Second Life can affect your life, which is a much brighter side of the game. Namely, since this is one of the ways people can communicate with each other, there are some people who have managed to find their partners this way. There is a couple in Philadelphia who fell in love with each other in Second Life. They decided to meet and we have news that they have recently got married. All in all, Second Life can affect your life in many different ways, but only if you let it happen.