On Wednesday the CBC ran an episode on Second Life called Strangers in Paradise.
They do not really have much of their facts straight such as the number of residents in Second Life but the story is compelling covering internet addiction, love affairs in the virtual world, and the breakdown of marriages.
Get Some Balls and Cancel the Internet
The dad needs to get some balls and cancel his internet subscription. And the wife needs to get some counseling for internet addiction to Second Life. But the real problem is that she is having an affair online. So throw in some couples counseling as well.
It is pretty annoying how there are so many shots of eyes blinking. The large amount of footage from the Second Life virtual world is pretty good though.
There are two different online and real life couples that are covered with interviews in real life and in the game. The affairs and even the virtual weddings are covered in good detail. The video is about 39 minutes long and I find myself wanting an edited version of 15 minutes.
LOL I almost lost it when the husband compared himself to “Forest Gump”
One of the funniest parts is when a wife discovers that his husband’s girlfriend avatar had the same avatar last name and asked “Are you married?”. Or maybe it was when the husband compared himself to “Forest Gump”. LOL I almost lost it after that.
Is Cheating Emotional or Physical?
It is interesting that the question of cheating comes between physically or emotionally unfaithful. One of the wives divorced her husband in real life over it which got a lot of press.
Then the two avatars got together in real life. One couple got married in real life and the other didn’t make it. Of course the conversations that one couple has are quite awkward and they are after all antisocial people who are not the bold and playful virtual avatars that they were in the game. The saddest part is the kids that are involved in the whole thing.
If you play Second Life don’t let your family or friends see this video. Watch the full episode here.