Although sensational headlines such as Girl starved to death while parents raised virtual child in online game are overly-simplistic, the underlying tragedy demands that those of us who are active in the avatar community dig deeper into our own virtual lives:
- Does the time and energy we devote to online activity negatively impact our families to any substantive degree? Don't just say no. Ask them.
- Are there any important physical world tasks that are being neglected while we spend time in virtual worlds? Career? Education? What else?
- Is there an addictive or compulsive quality to our own use of virtual worlds, social networks or other online activity? Does the thought of being forced to spend a week totally off the network make you flinch? How about a month? A year?