There has been much hype about Internet applications such as “Second Life”. It’s not as exciting and fun as they make out at all and I find it somewhat unnecessary. It puzzles me why anyone would prefer SL to the offline life, even if you might have a real boring life and escape to SL for some adventures, playing in for days and weeks in a row would leave me utterly exhausted, frustrated and bored. It’s sad though that it attracts so many people and they rather spend their time walking around, buying virtual cars, clothes and gadgets. Hard to imagine that this activity could possibly be satisfying for some individuals.
Do we need a second life? IMO, no. People pour their time and money into their virtual life and let their real life go to waste, it might be a way to virtually enact their fantasies, but does it leave you with anything when you shut down your computer?