I’ve got a question that I’ve been thinking about for a while now: What makes an avatar sexually compelling or attractive to us as flesh-and-blood users? What do we, as individuals behind the keyboard, find erotically or romantically alluring about a digital representation? What do we look for? For example, is it looks? Is it behavior? Common interests? The ability to converse proficiently in text chat? None or all of the above? Isn’t it even somewhat bizarre to think that we could become aroused by an embodiment of pixels? And I don’t necessarily mean attraction to an avatar per se. I mean, what is it specifically that stirs us to the point of engaging in cybersex with an avatar?
I’m currently soliciting thoughts on this topic from Second Life residents, and then I plan to share their thoughts, and some of mine, as well.
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