It is a good feeling to being back to the blog. I have not been away from SL, just hadn’t found the time to blog. What got me thinking about it was this particular post that I saw in someone’s pick.
“A few years ago I heard something about money that I believe is very true. Paraphrasing basically says that if you are idiot and you become rich then you become a bigger idiot. More money doesn’t change you, it just amplifies who you are.
Can we say the same about SL? Now that beautiful mesh bodies are available, all of the sudden some in here are av shaming others because they don’t have complete mesh bodies. I guess these same people must be extremely bigoted in RL. The anonymity of SL just amplifies their bigotry in SL.”
To say that anonymity makes a person in SL express themselves without any fear of repercussion and therefore show their true colors is not a new concept, but it’s something worth to look at when meeting new people and trying to have a relationship with them.
This anonymity is expressed in SL the very moment we enter this world. How? We try to change our look to be our idealized presence, or someone very different. SL opens the possibilities to be able to construct a new self, and a new body in very many ways. From day one you are remaining anonymous to the rest of the people in SL.
Some people do put their RL picture in their profile, but most don’t, and a great majority put a fake picture taken from the Internet (see other posts to know how to identify them).
There has been some research on this field, and most of the outcomes are very similar. In a nutshell, the fact that from the very beginning of an experience in a virtual world people are not using exact representations of who they are, this will bring into their minds a level of anonymity that they will nurture throughout their life in that virtual world. Some researchers have also found that this level of anonymity leads into a creation of multiple bodies (alts …).
What does this all mean? Basically that a person can explore different types of their personality either with one av or many avs, but with the anonymity that SL provides, each part of their personality is basically multiplied and expressed in extreme ways. If you are a bigot in RL, then you will be twice as bad a bigot in SL.
If you are a sub in RL, your feelings may be twice as strong in SL as you don’t have the issue of being found out.
Of course all of these things are very relative. There are some people that do live SL as they do RL and they are open about who they are and try to behave the same way. Or are they?