Im A Level 55 World Of Warcraft Druid. Apparently, a Chick Magnet Too!
By: Jason Ciudaj (Contributing Editor)
It seems like over the past few years the cyber world has become a place where more and more people are socializing with old, current and new friends. Has it really been that long ago since we had to actually go outside and physically introduce ourselves to someone to make a new friend or meet a potential partner? People are now staying in the comfort of their own homes and meeting new friends from many walks of life all around the world.
According to a study by Online University, World of Warcraft is actually having a higher success rate for meeting singles than specifically designed online social dating sites such as Match.com and PlentyOfFish.com. Hmm, I guess the ladies nowadays are really digging the magic pudding with a +5 bonus of charisma from the dwarf village of Gimbly Gorf. As appealing as this may sound to some I just have a hard time with those undead mages. Maybe it’s the smell of rotting flesh, the open wounds, or the fact that they’re DEAD! It just doesn’t work for me. But if a green skinned orc with big tusks rocks your world then to each his own. I congratulate you for being able to look past the physical appearances which society obviously sells is the most important aspect of a person. On the flipside, could having this kind of access to so many people be harmful? Well I happen to know a woman who was a dedicated WOW gamer who left her husband and children for an elf that she met in a far off enchanted forest. So for a brief moment she entered the cyber world and packed her bags for the big move to Connecticut where real adventure awaited her.
There are many questions that pop up in regards to this interesting phenomenon. Does the ability to reach anyone anywhere without having to see them face to face diminish our ability to interact with people in person? Or could someone who is socially awkward or shy have a better chance at expressing themselves and letting everyone know who they are and what they as a person are really about? What the cyber world offers us is the ability to be anyone we want. We can completely recreate ourselves. If I happen to be a Rock Star with a reputation of being badass but deep down I have a love for knitting and romantic comedies, I now have the means to shed my physical form and become a kind hearted romantic under the name of my choosing. At the same time however there are those who abuse this power. Many people create a lie and allow themselves to be consumed by it. They don’t want to leave the confines of their rooms for fear of the possibility of rejection by the real world. They create the person they wish that they could be but at what expense? Some find love, others find fame, some just find acceptance. In the end we just have to ask ourselves if what we have done is worth the price we are paying.