I don’t have to say it,
And I don’t have to think it,
Just put your hand on my heart
Having created this romantic love nook earlier in the month for Valentine’s Day (find the credits in the post Fly High with Love), it seemed the perfect place to go hide way for a few hours in Mr. P’s arms. Aside from the whole “day” at the end of its title, there really is no reason why we shouldn’t enjoy love and affection all year round. After all, there is no expiry date when it comes to sipping champagne and feeding on chocolate dipped strawberries.
Whilst deep in conversation I took a moment to look at our avatars. It got me thinking and after pondering for a little bit, I am now curious to hear what you all think.
In this world of text where we rely so heavily upon the written description, is it possible for our avatars to express body language?
Now I know some of you will instantly say, no and dismiss this idea as sleep deprived crazy woman speak. But I challenge you to think a little further field as we dissect what body language could mean within Second Life.
The English dictionary definition reads:
body language: the conscious and unconscious movements and postures by which attitudes and feelings are communicated.
Do we not consciously select which poses to position our avatars on?
If you are anything like me you will have had pixels flying about in a million different positions as you quickly flick through the menu to find the right pose for the moment. I have never been someone who can just sit on a pose ball and let the menu slide through on random. Random I say, who wants random!
Selecting the pose, which dance, or intimate animation enables the meaning behind your fingers at the keyboard to be communicated. It is the vehicle to which we can posture our feelings. It is what I would be so bold to call, Second Life body language.
Now this leads me to further questions. Does our conversation change depending on what pose has been chosen?
It is highly unlikely after all that you will share an in-depth discussion about foot fungus whilst you are gazing lovingly entwined in one another’s arms. Instead you would probably discover the conversation steers towards matters of emotions and messages of love.
Bringing me to my last question. Does the pose we sit our pixel form upon, influence and change the real physical feelings we experience?
For me this is an undeniable yes. The visual imagery that Second Life brings to our text sparks our imagination to awaken set feelings for a situation. Drawing upon collected real past experiences with emotion and body language we easily “feel” the correct emotion that particular scenes should evoke.
Maybe this is why photography in Second Life is so powerful? Our eyes let the other senses engage on a creative level finding the emotion within the picture.
Looking at the body language in the photos for this post, maybe you too feel just a tiny tingling of the love shared between the couple?
So drop me a line below in comments and share your thoughts about body language and Second Life. Oh and just a note .. foot fungus should never be discussed inside Second Life, EVER !