Second Lives – What attracts so many to live Virtual Lives?

Social Insight — POSTED BY Cosmo on December 17, 2009 at 1:48 pm

You can live there, have a job, get married, get paid, go shopping…

Second Lives

The series discovers what draws people to live a second life away from the prying eyes of the mainstream, and examines how virtual worlds have become a haven for zealots, outsiders, entrepreneurs and artists. Tim Guest is an author and journalist, who grew up in a commune, with a particular interest in virtual worlds; John Palmer runs a support group in the virtual world of Second Life for those suffering from depression and other mental illnesses; Steve Millar is a multimedia artist who uses the virtual world of Second Life to express his creativity. He is also researching the possibilty of uploading his mind into a computer; Alayne Wartell runs a successful business in the virtual world Second Life, where she also met her husband Chris.

Carolyn is a 37 year-old mother of four in the midst of a passionate affair. She’s spending up to 18 hours a day with her lover online on Second Life, the website. She has never met him, but, to her husband of nine year’s dismay, she is abandoning her family and flying 5,000 miles to London to start a new life with her lover, Elliot.

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