BBBC3 – RelationshipsJune 16, 2010
Wow. Online relationships. What a topic… I guess I could come at this from both angles in the prompt: SL relationships and “RL” online relationships. But will I? Hmmm…
Well, generally speaking in regards to Second Life, I don’t think it’s easy to find a “real” relationship because there are too many people that don’t take relationships formed in SL seriously enough. So it’s difficult to wade through the manipulators and those just up for a cheap thrill. But if you’re lucky enough to find like-minded people, I think SL is a great place to meet a significant other. For me personally, I’ve found SL gives you the opportunity to meet people who’s paths you probably wouldn’t have crossed in your physical, or “first” life. And due to the controversial nature of my own SLove life, that’s all I’m going to say about that.
Similar to SL, I think online dating/relationships require some work to dig through those you aren’t compatible with, but after that, I think they’re great. I imagine that it would be SO much easier and much less anxiety provoking to try to meet people online. At this point in my life, I’m not really interested in bar and bed hopping. I don’t want to get dolled up in too tight clothes, padded bra and too much makeup to impress a guy that probably has a sock stuck in his pants. I’m too much of a straight shooter for that. Chatting, getting to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere… Much more appealing. I wouldn’t have issues telling people where we met; it’s common enough these days that the stigma is starting to wane. I know several couples that met online and one of them is getting married in December. For “older” people who’s careers or children demand a lot of their time, people who have relocated and don’t have a vast friend base to network through, introverts who abhor the dating scene, or someone who just wants to up their chances of meeting someone, I think online relationships are a great option in the search for love.