Some people are a little shy about interacting with others in the real world. Others would like to get out more but don’t have the time. If you want a controlled environment that will allow you to meet people from all over the world that share your interests, consider joining a virtual people world.
There are virtual people worlds available to those of all ages. For instance, Club Penguin is specifically designed for children. The child picks a colorful penguin avatar and is then able to chat and play games with other kids online. A similar site directed towards girls is Barbie Girls. The preteen set gets to look like Barbie and interact in her world. The content of both Club Penguin and Barbie Girls is carefully monitored and solidly G-rated.
For the slightly older (13-18) crowd, there’s the Habbo Hotel. Registration and exploring are free, but members must pay to join certain groups and to furnish their hotel rooms. Offensive language is blocked, as is the exchange of personal information.
For adult fans, the almost obligatory site is Second Life, a huge virtual world where you can meet other people who share your interests (via instant messaging or voice chat) and buy or create elaborate houses, clothing and accessories for your avatar.
Finally, if you’re “eighteen and open-minded” according to the advertisements, the Red Light Social Center may be for you. This erotically-charged site allows avatars of all varieties to flirt, kiss, and even do the deed.
No matter what your interests, there is a virtual people world out there on the Internet for you.