The worldwide spread of social media has distinct pros and cons, and increased communication between divergent groups is most often labeled as a major benefit. Now one law firm reports that too MUCH communication – often flirtatious communiques between married people and old flames – is causing a spike in divorce petitions.
Pixels and Policy takes a look at some great analysis on the subject and asks whether we're entering into a brave new world where privacy just ain't what they used to be.
Continue reading Virtual Flirting Responsible for 20% of Divorces, Law Firm Argues
Who is behind the screen? Does it matter?
Would you trust your little brother or sister to a babysitter who arrives dressed in the latest bondage fashion?
Would you still consider your best friend a confidante if he spent his personal time seducing boys and girls no older than fourteen or fifteen?
What about this: Would your opinion of your friend or your babysitter change if you knew they portrayed these kinds of actions in virtual worlds?
As the world connects to online gaming in ever larger numbers, the private lives of gamers may not be private for long.
Second Life came down hard against simulated pedophilia with a crop of new rules and regulations, an opening shot in what may become a drawn out debate over whether a player should be judged based on the actions of their avatar.
Continue reading Should We Judge Real People By Their Avatars?