Go to Jail Because of Second Life

September 25, 2008 at 10:11 pm 2 comments

I read once that a woman travelled across state lines to try to kidnap another man that she had a virtual relationship in Second Life. This woman has seriously screwed up in her head to try to kidnap somebody who is represented by pixels.

The person must be real lonely inside and shy not to try establish relationships in the real world. The woman had an inadequate social network that did not provide sufficent friendships and therefore was force to rely on a computer to find friends.

Exterme social isolation can result in behavior like this because the person gets too attached to virtual world and virtual relationship instead of real world relationships. The person in real life that she was “dating” in Second Life might be a person that she would not get along in real life.

Second life is important for people like me that have Autism and can be used to improve social relationships when there is sufficient social interaction with real-life people. Because I attend social events about one or twice a week and also eat lunch sometimes with my coworkers, I have ample time to develop my social skills and I am n. Second Life is a lab to try new social strategies in a virtual world so my real-life social interactions will improve.

However, for this woman, it resulted in her getting a mugshot and trip to the local county jail. And let me tell you, you are not going to learn proper social skills in a county jail.   And yes, you get a wear an orange jumpsuit and eat all of that rotten jail food just because you were obessed with a thing was made of pixels.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. eldridgebooks  |  September 25, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Man, that’s pretty scary. I played 2nd Life a couple times, but thankfully it never got that deep for me.

  • 2. Tateru Nino  |  September 26, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Actually, they’d already met – at least once – in RL before all of this. I don’t think the SL angle is relevant. Two people met online, and met later in RL and some time after that, things went south and one of them started acting like a rabid clam.


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