Does the idea of having “virtual” sex, online sound appealing to you? The ability to anonymously (for the most part) meet up and share a sexual encounter online, with little or no real life hang-ups, seems to appeal to a great many internet users. This is were virtual worlds, like Second Life a.k.a SL, come in very handy.
There are many ways of communicating online, whether it be through text chat, voice, video or a combination of all three. For the purpose of this article, will, however, be focusing on the avatar based, virtual world known as Second Life. Users can create an account, refine their avatar, and slap on a headset to talk with other “residents”. This social experience naturally leads to many activities you would encounter in real life (RL). Instead of listing all the things one can do in SL, I will again, focus on the sexual aspects… since they are the most intriguing to me. Not because I indulge in such aspects of SL, but because I have been witness to countless relationships around me while using SL. Listening to people stories, and experiences with it.
There is a LOT of “sex” going on in SL. Some of it between people who just want a relationship in one form or another… and some of it is financially driven. I am referring to the oldest profession in the world of course. Prostitution online is a very active trend now a days. Second Life is a perfect breeding ground for this, due to the anonymous nature of a place where you can be, anything you want to be… or anyone, should I say. Don’t like something about yourself? Leave it out of your online persona. Want to see how it feels to be a member of the opposite sex? change it! Are you a little shy in RL, or sexually reserved? well, go online and be a paid voice escort… or cam (video cam) escort, for the exhibitionists among you.
Second Life takes a little getting used to. It is not the most intuitive, or friendly place for the new user. Once you get the hang of it, however, it becomes very easy to see why so many folks are rushing to experience the sexual side of it. for some, SL sex and relationships can become almost addictive in a sense. You can become so used to it that you almost crave it. I know it can be a little off putting to the casual observer, especially for those who came to SL for non sexual based reasons. The thing to remember, is that for a lot of people, SL provides a relatively “safe” way to try things they may not otherwise get to in RL. Have you ever secretly wanted to do something sexual that you just couldn’t do, or get someone else to do in RL? Well odds are that there is a whole community in Sl almost dedicated to that one fantasy you may have. Like minded people, in one place, makes it easier to live out whatever you can think of.