[SLED] RL or FL?

Storm Hunt storm at picsel.com
Fri Feb 8 02:46:35 PST 2008

Actual usage on SL: I use RL, occasionally typing "Real Life" to a noob who
may not know the abbreviation.

Why? Convention from sheer volume of use over the years. RL is a very old
and commonly used term now, pre-dating SL usage by much more than a decade.
Ask anyone from the vast MUD community (Multi-User Dungeon). The text
abbreviation IRL (In Real Life) was also often used in MUD. This dates from
a time when there was no Second Life to contrast with a First Life! (This
is all despite the SL client having a "1stLife" tab on an avatar's

Actual usage in RL: I use Real Life when talking to SL and non-SL people

Why? Laziness. (Economy of energy :) No need to switch between the two
audiences and FL assumes that they might know about numbered lives, which
may not be the case!

Preference: As, depending on your religion or philosophy, neither is 'real'
(or perhaps both are real in different ways), I'll go with convention :)


On Thu, 7 Feb 2008 19:24:40 -0500, Char-Lez Braden <komori_san at hotmail.com>
> All,
> I have one of those sniggling questions.
> Do you say "Real Life" or "First Life"?
> [I know, this is a bit like the argument between "Trekkies" VS"Trekkers".

> Try to over look this point.]
> Do you prefer the term "Real Life" or "First Life"?
> I prefer "First List" because it is my feeling that SL is part of my real
> life.  I'm really sitting in a seat manipulating my avatar. Plus, the
> monetization and lack of game components in SL make it more real to me.
> Which do you prefer, and why?
> Char-Lez Braden
> "Hanover Dench:"
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