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“Discuss the best ways to connect to other Residents.” …..................... Last night, after a good meal and two glasses of wine, (one white, one red), I was in a relaxed and contented state of mind, and my relaxed RL mind was reflecting on the intricacies of SL and its many layers. We see a regular stream of friend requests here in the forums, and yeah, I get that in world it can be hard to forge lasting and real friendships. But occasionally this happens and when it does, it can be both long lasting and fulfilling. I’ve seen this even in the short time I’ve been around. But there’s another way, and it’s here in these forums. By engaging in discussion here, connections are made with others and sometimes those connections will strengthen and evolve, especially where there is common ground. My own motives for posting here were to seek help, and I was overwhelmed by the kindness and acceptance I experienced as someone very new. This only encouraged me to become more involved with the forums, and it has become very much a parallel world to my in-world SL. I love this community and how it extends into the virtual world through the Forum Cartel and the Breakfast Club. It’s my go to place of choice when I get a few minutes on my phone. OK, at times it can get a bit heated, but every forum I’ve ever been part of has been similar. I don’t engage in ping pong posting simply because I’ve seen elsewhere how it never ends well. But back to my original thinking..........here is the perfect place to engage with people, and get to know them. Then when you encounter their avi in world. You already know who they are and how they think. The vanity threads have been pivotal in how I’ve evolved in a short time, and a regular source of new ideas for outfits. They have also drawn together a group of people who share the obsessions of shopping, outfits, taking photos, and chatting endlessly. That would have been so hard to achieve just in world! Our Angels Group is only at the beginning, and has huge potential in the future! For me, this community is a fundamental part of my SL experience, and it has given me more friendships and fun than I’ve built up in world, although I also value my in world friends very highly. So a huge thank you to everybody who has ever given me any help or advice. Just thought it was worth saying! 😁
I'm sorry if this has been asked before, I didn't find any posts when I searched. The question is, has anyone here been in a long term, more than mere friends, sl relationship like for 8 to 11 or even more years? Has sl created such strong bonds that it endures and can last a lifetime beyond the existence of this platform? Was it hard to keep it going or was it easy for you? Were there breaks in between? How did you make it last long? What was the circumstances of both parties, if you care to share those too if not that's alright. If it was purely online or if you got to see each other in the physical world. If it ended and why? How did you feel about it? Others with less than the specified number of years can answer too. The same questions can be applied to sl friendships. I'm asking because the longest sl relationship that I have heard of was 6 years. Mine has gone on for nearly as long as my avatar has been in world, which is three years and nine months. I tend to get attached with the people that I form deep friendships, romantic relationships with, investing a lot of time, care and emotion into them. The idea that it's going to end is rather devastating. This isn't a survey, I'm genuinely interested and hopeful that long term bonds such as friendships, companionship, or romantic relationships in sl do exist.