UI Avatar, Lauren's Place (2009)

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Second Lfe is not a game.

There are elements of it which are clearly orientated more towards play than 'work' particularly where the character of the avatar is more akin to a dramatis personae. Frequently an avatar's profile includes the words "No RL Please" to highlight a preference for anonynimity and attempting to exclude their 'real life'.

Any avatar will however tell you that such an approach is futile, real life seeps into every aspect of a Second Life avatar and while a pseudonym makes a person anonymous their real life interests, emotional feelings and cherished beliefs are frequently on display in their avatar's public Second Life Profile.