Our first task for the module Virtual environments : Is one life enough? was to visit and participate in Coffee and Pajamas Jazz Show at the Sunset Jazz Club.
One of my first impressions was associated with social norms. At first I did not know how to behave and I was trying to decipher the proper way of behaviour in this type of a social interaction. I noticed that Second Life very much resembles real life when it comes to social norms, although people seem to be more open and relaxed. The only problem with communicating that I encountered was a difficulty introducing myself to Elfay Pinkdot but it was mainly due to the fact that there were a lot of people trying to talk to her. It also seemed to me that people who were present at the Jazz Show knew one another. I noticed that they were conversing a lot among each other and I got an impression that SL in fact is for them another reality parallel to their normal lives. I made a few acquaintances and I noticed that it was a bit easier to communicate with the people I met than it would be in a real life. I think that because of that there are so many people living their second life on SL.
I was a very interesting experience but getting used to virtual environment is a bit challenging with all the technical tricks and moves to learn. I think that it was one of the main reasons why I could not be fully relaxed and experience this event like most of the rest of the attendees. For example I could not stop dancing after accepting an invitation to dance or I was not sure how to introduce myself to Elfay. I am hoping that with time I will be able to experience SL fully.