Dylan Rickenbacker

I was a Second Life resident from October 2006 to November 2012. For a considerable part of that time, I spent almost all my waking hours in SL. In this blog, I used to describe my adventures and provide some practical advice for other SL residents.

After leaving Second Life, I took most of my entries on this blog offline, leaving only those that tell the story of my addiction to and departure from SL.

The first four parts of the “SLunkie Factor” series were written in the summer of 2009 and generated a lot of interest at the time. After four years, I added a fifth installment in 2013. As you will see when you read the whole story, my insight and assessment regarding my experiences have changed considerably during that time.

Nevertheless, I decided to leave all the earlier installments as they were, except for a few minor edits. After all, this change in my outlook is part of my story, too. Just know that the conclusion I reach at the end of Part IV is not the end of it, so be sure to read Part V too.

This hasn’t been a regular blog for years now, and I have no plans to revive it, except maybe adding little snippets when the occasion arises. Still, my story will stay online as I hope it may be of use to some people.


7 Responses to Dylan Rickenbacker

  1. Ded Pastorelli says:

    It was outstanding to discover your blogs and enjoy the common themes that you have written about here and the experiences I have also had during my first year in SL. I, like you, find my avatar nothing more than a skin I wear to exist in a virtual world. The feelings, the joy, the pain, the sorrow, all play themselves out in my real life. Here is to hoping we will be friends in SL for a long time Dyl! Ded

  2. Missy says:

    I really enjoyed reading some of your information. I am new to SL and very hungry for knowledge. There are so many things I want to learn.

    Thank You,

  3. crystalizesands says:

    I am enjoying reading your blog as you really know how to express yourself well – a real pleasure to spend my time here:)

  4. Dylan says:

    Thanks, Crystal, what a nice thing to hear! šŸ™‚

  5. random namegen says:

    Hi Dylan .. just chanced on your blog .. SLunkie … im just climbing out too … and its such a familiar tale to mine too … thankyou for writing it all down

  6. Noel says:

    I came across your blog by searching “Second Life Addiction”. Many of the emotions, thoughts, feelings etc that you wrote about struck a chord within me. I am an addict to Second Life and I’m not doing so well. About 3 or 4 weeks ago I became sick and spent a week away from SL. I already knew beforehand that I was addicted, spending on average 16 hours a day in that virtual world. It was creating chaos in my marriage and I’m pretty sure my family was crumbling.
    I had my husband delete my account, uninstall the program and he even changed my OS to Linux which does not run SL very well. Quitting cold turkey has been hell. Obviously, I still have a problem as I google about SL, watch YouTube videos about it, think about it and even dream about it when I sleep at night.
    When I was in SL, I started my day off depressed. Then I’d log in and forget about RL. Of course, when I logged off at night, often at 2 and 3 in the morning, the depression would set back in. Sadness over wasting yet another entire day in a virtual world, sadness over the strangers my husband and I had become.
    He’s happy to have me back now and says he never wants me to go back to that, an empty shell of a person. And deep inside, I don’t want to return to that life. But, yet I sit here, commenting on your blog…missing my second life, wishing for it. I hope as the time away from that world increases, the desire to be in my avatar form, talking with my friends, etc will go away completely.
    Thank you for writing your story. I am truly happy for your recovery.

  7. Yordie Sands says:

    Hi Dylan,

    I just discovered your blog and have enjoyed reading some of your posts. btw, you have an amazing looking avie.

    Kindest regards,
    Yordie Sands

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