Has Second Life Helped You?

SL-HandMany people claim Second Life has been beneficial to their mental and emotional well being. Has it helped you?

When I was new in 2007, my first life was a horror. The virtual world became my escape and, looking back, I am not sure how I would have coped without SL for a bit of relief.

I do not claim SL is a cure-all or even inherently good, but I believe it can be used in positive ways. It’s a bit like a knife. It can be used to chop vegetables or as a weapon. It’s neither good nor bad, but becomes what we use it for.

I try to surround myself with positive things in SL. I go in to be with people, to have a laugh, to be creative. I’ve expanded my mind too. I now love certain types of music that, if not for SL, I’d have never even heard of. I have learned things about other cultures I wouldn’t have gotten by reading books. When we interact with people from different countries, backgrounds, styles, and education, we can’t help but learn from them.

I’m not blind to the negative things that go on in the virtual world, I just choose to focus on the good. I log in for friendship, fun, and great music.

What about you?

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6 Comments

  1. One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent, e.g., music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf. – Baruch Benedict de Spinoza

    Like any tool, its usefulness is in the hands of the one wielding it. The construction of a bomb requires the same kind of pneumatic spanner used to service an automobile. Expect the worst…be pleasantly surprised when something other is the result. – Cait

  2. Absolutely. It was somewhere to go when so much in my life made me unhappy. I have learned moderately good Photoshop skills, I vastly expanded my musical tastes, and I met someone who makes me happy, and has changed my life completely. I have friends I know will always be there (non gay way). Since stepping back for a while a couple of years ago I feel far better equipped for me to be in SL for the right reason, noty just for the sake of it. I can’t see it not being a part of my life at some level.

  3. I always thought that Second Life would be a great tool for psychology. Where else could you try things you wouldn’t in reallife without the risks? I definitely profitted from my SL experiences for RL. And that’s besides the fun I had, which also improved my life in general.

  4. I was introduced to SL by watching over the shoulder of my RL partner. I found it fascinating how all these pixelated figures met up at a particular place, at a particular time and chatted and danced whilst enjoying the music he played. A few months in and I asked if I could join him and have an avi of my own. I was welcomed in by those he knew and those that I met along the way.

    You just meet people. You don’t whether they are young, old, male, female or even where they are from in the world – friendships form. I still have friends from those days and I count them as some of my closest friends.

    Has SL been beneficial to me or those I know, mentally and emotionally? Oh definitely, without a doubt. The partner that introduced me to SL, became terminally ill and died. Everyone in SL rallied around me, checked on me and let me just be, if that’s what I needed. I have never been so wonderfully supported before and it’s just lovely. I could talk, laugh, cry, whatever I needed. I will be forever grateful to them.

    Later, when I could, I explored and yes, if you’re not careful there’s dark places in SL. You just have to be cautious and decide what you want you want from SL for yourself.

    SL has lifted me in my darkest moments, celebrated with me and boosted my self confidence. I DJ now, organise charitable events and support my friends as much as I can. I’m one of the lucky ones – I also found love a second time around. SL brought me my RL partner and we plan to marry in a couple of years…..

    1. Minxy, thanks for sharing that. I’m so sorry to hear about you losing your partner who introduced you to Second Life. When I first joined Second Life my husband passed away as well, so I really feel for you on that. I am glad you have found love a second time though, and I pray the best for you.

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