Like I already wrote in my recent post on some of the recent Second Life statistics, in the Netherlands we are taking Second Life quite seriously, both in terms of a substantial number of participant, but also in discussing the implications of all of this.
Tonight Dutch National Television featured a talk show (show is called Rondom 10) discussing the potential negative consequences of gaming and Internet, with Second Life and World of Warcraft as main “targets”.
As it should in any good discussion show, there were widely diverging opinions about the risks of addiction that Second Life and World of Warcraft pose to users, e.g. from:
- Keith Bakker of Smith and Jones (a private Addiction Treatment Clinic; started of as very negative about Second Life and World of Warcraft, but later had to retreat a bit)
- a current World of Warcraft addict (and not denying it)
- a disabled person (could do things in Second Life that are just not possible in real life)
It was sad that there was too little attention for all the good things that happen in Second Life and that the addiction potential was overweighted.
All in all it was a nice discussion, which started of as being very negative and hostile (Keith Bakker!) towards Second Life and WOW, but actually ended more or less with the position I also have:
Applications like Second Life and World of Warcraft, just like alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, can have very big implications and risks for a group of people that are sensative to the risk of addiction. Most people are smart enough to do not let it happen to them and have it affect their real life, in the sense that others suffer (kids, relationships). Howevere for some of these latter people Second Life could be replacing previous “time spenders” (other hobbies), but this as such is not a bad thing.
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| posted Feb 17, 11:32 PM on Feb 17, 2007 | category: Second Life / On TV