Like many Second Life users, I was not happy in my real life and hid in this virtual world (about 3 years). I was able to become the person I wanted to be and spent many hours/days/months/years there. I've realized I was just hiding from my true self and Second Life became a priority. Long story short, I met seomeone from Second Life and we moved it into Real Life (a long distance relationship). As we became closer and more involved in our real lives, second life became less interesting to me. I wanted us to start a Real Life together. I started to use second life just as a platform where we could meet in between the times we could physically be there for one another. When discussing the future or how we could close the distance gap, she became irrate about how I wasn't as involved in Second Life as when we first met.
We broke up and it's been devestating to me. This has been a blessing in disguise because now I can't find myself logging on at all. However, I still miss the interaction I had with people there. My ex is still very active there with our "mutual friends", all whom I've come to understand are all sick as well. These are people who spend most of the hours and days in a virtual world while there's a whole life passing them by. Right now I feel a bit confused and angry, mainly because I feel SL in the end, ruined something great. There are times where I do want to go log back in, but I know I wouldn't get the same satisifaction, I see everything in 20./20 now and know most people there cannot offer me anything in Real Life. At the same time, I sometimes see pictures they post of themselves having virtual fun and I get upset/sad. I have so many mixed emotions with this. Anyone have any advice because I feel so confused. I haven't been on but the urges are strong!