I am an active SL resident and I don't indulge in virtual sex. It's not that I am a prude or that I have any strong religious biases holding me back. I have no issues at all with others jiggling their pixels, whatever rocks ya boat. It’s just that there are so many creative and fun things to do in Second Life that sex fails to rank on my list of priorities. And contrary to the media's skewed depictions of SL, I’m not particularly unusual in that regard.
Misconception 2: Second Life is full of paedophiles
Sadly, there are likely to be a few sick types in SL who try to lure youth (SL is intended for people aged 16 years and over), just as there are weirdos in online chat rooms and in ‘real life’. But I must stress that this is the rare exception, not the rule. Personally, I’ve yet to hear the name of a single avatar that’s known, or suspected, of having these tendencies. It’s far more common for the SL community to be protective of the young and vulnerable, offering advice and warnings to keep them safe in a virtual environment.
Misconception 3: Second Life is expensive
Second Life is 100% free to join and I know scores of people who don’t spend a cent/euro/lira/yen
in-world. The currency in SL is called ‘Linden Dollars’ and this can be bought by credit card. There are certainly in-world shops here, there and everywhere to buy clothes, vehicles, homes and more. But there are also many, many places to go where all goods are free. So, unless you want to rent land or get yourself some up-market goodies, there’s absolutely no need to spend any money in Second Life. It’s really a matter of choice.
That's the end of my Top 3 List although there are lots more I could add. Hopefully I've managed set a few things straight. Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, SL residents are not all sex-crazed, latent paedophiles who'd let our children go hungry because we just had to buy a virtual Maserati.
Most of us are just normal folk who enjoy the creativity and freedom that an alternative reality offers. After all - we can fly! :)
So, what's your pet peeve?
What's the number 1 Second Life misconception that you'd like to have cleared up?