Second Life, gender play and what we can (or can’t) learn there

Males stand further away when talking to other males in the virtual world of Second Life and are less likely to keep eye contact, according to a study that shows at least one aspect of human behavior carries over into the virtual realm.

Read Virtual men also keep distance from MSNBC

First of all, as I mentioned earlier, SL is already unlike the real world in that people can pick their gender (or lack thereof). My avatar in SL is a Hapa boy with blue hair. In real life, I am a white girl with brown hair. If I were truly reflecting my alleged real-life behavior, my avatar should act like a woman since I am a woman in real life.

Read Men Are Not Men from Alternet’s Annalee Newitz. Commentary from WIRED’s Sex Drive Daily.

Previously from WNM: Identity: How often do you fake it? and A Second Life; a lot like the first


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