Many 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?