Jan 20 2008

When Second Life Becomes Your First Life

I don’t play Second Life, but someone close to me does. I have friends who have played World of Warcraft (WoW) and for the old school folks MUDs. I even have friends who participated in the original CyberPunk, but I have never heard of compulsive and overall consuming waste of time that Second Life appears to be. I like computers and the internet, and I even like the occasional MMORPG, but Christ I don’t have the overwhelming desire to log on as soon as I get up in the morning and play until I have to go to bed at night. I am an adult, and have responsibilities. You have to let go at some point and say “Shit. It’s Wednesdsay, the dishes are piled up, I’m still in my pajamas, and I don’t remember when I ate last.” I am seriously looking into starting a support group and possibly a 12-step program for “Friends-of-Friends Who are Addicted to Second Life.” How engrossing does a game become, when it starts to consume the majority of you First or Primary Life?

Perhaps it has nothing to do with Second Life, and more to do with the person addicted to the game. That person, after all, has free will. Or at least they are supposed to. Why do they fell compelled to play this fictitious game to such extent? I don’t have an answer to that question, which makes this post is less of a solution and more of a helpless rant. For that I apologize. I am writing this out of frustration, and am simply looking for answers to a question, which I am sure many have asked. What do we do to help our friends and ourselves overcome this addiction marketed as one’s Second Life?

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