It began several years ago when I was sitting lazy watching an episode of CSI. The blue teddybear showed up and I woke up from the sofa slumber. I got extremely interested. A new world. A world where I could be a flying blue teddybear or bunneh. I threw myself on the computer but Second Life was overloaded due to this TV show so It didnt work. I forgot about it for a while but then i got sick, was home bored and remembered the CSI episode. It was in october 2008. This time no one stopped me =)
I guess my reason is that im childish, curious and like to play around. What is your reason? Im sure there are zillions of reasons why people log in to a virtual world. Is it right to push them all together as one as Philip does? Is there any statistics who we are here in these worlds? I dont think so, i think people only guess and try to sound like they know what they talk about.
I think its dangerous to try to push all users togethers like cheeps and claim they are this or that. Linden should make a survey to analyze who the user is, why they stay or leave. Before this is done they are just guessing. And my own analyze is more for fun ;)
And no, I dont fit in to Philips simplification as Im not that smart, I dont live in a rural area (I live in a city) im not handicapped in any way, I dont look for companionship either and a lot of my friends dont either. So what´s our “problem”? Why are we here? =)) Of course if we over analyze ourselves, every human being fits in his explanation one way or another…
I have done a micro research and found some similarities between me and some of my friends. We have been reading the same books, like Ray Bradbury, Isac Asimov and other SCI FI and fantasy authors for example. Where do Philip place us in his world? There are a lot of us I suspect. We are not interested in adult thingies, even though we might have a relation if it so happens. But that is not our main reason to be here.
Im sure we group ourselves here after a while when we meet people that are alike us. And we realizes that some old friends was no friends, just aquaitances cos we were to different. Birds of a feather stay together… And no reason is better than another. Today I have found new true friends that are more like me, but it took a while. I hope you will too, dont give up, its worth it <3