What is real?
We hear people use the terms "RL", "Real Life" and "In World" all the time. Those of us who have been active in any virtual world will no doubt have had a conversation (at least once) about virtual life compared to "real life". It's been a hot topic for as long as 3D virtual worlds have been around. Well.., I have an opinion on this topic.
After spending many years involved with someone online, I have learned many lessons and have had countless discussions about this type of romance. Those people who have never been active in a virtual world will often times quickly dismiss these type of relationships as foolish or unwise. They will say that it's not real. After all ~ how can we be sure who the other person actually is?
Yeah, yeah.., we understand this, we get it. Our response to the inexperienced virtual world user is something like, "Yeah, I know.., I know, but you just don't understand." Then the conversation ends with both people rolling their eyes and agreeing to disagree....