Wednesday, 26 September 2007

More Wedding Stuff in Second Life

I have been struck by how much I have seen by just walking concerns marriage in Second Life. The Perfect Wedding shows that in a world of decreasing marriage, less childbirth, smaller families, and more divorce people crave the formation of traditional wedding bonds.

Is this meeting a need or exploiting social failures. Well Linden Labs does not make a direct profit off this business, this is what people have freely chosen to engage in, and in the end we must respect people's wishes. But as fewer and fewer people are able to form long term married relationships in RL one needs to wonder about just how healthy running in to simulated marriages really is. Is the solution to a drop in our culture’s patterns of kinship and love a simulated bunch of flower and cake that can't be eaten?
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