Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Myers-Briggs Personality Types and Second Life

Why do some people almost instantly fall in love with Second Life and others never see the charm, no matter how many times a friend drags them inworld? Part of it is circumstantial -- those who are, for example, homebound, may see the potential that they might not otherwise.

But we all know there is more to it than that. I conducted very informal surveys on two SL-related forums (Xstreet and SL Universe) and asked posters to report which Myers-Briggs (or Jungian/Kiersey) Personality type they were. What I found in both was that certain personality types that are fairly or very rare in real life are very over represented in Second Life.

Furthermore, Quinn Morani posted this in the SL Forum:

There was a thread about this on the old forum and I tallied everyone's responses at the time. Here were the final results based on a sample size of 50.
Of particular note (and quite telling about whom SL is most likely to appeal to):
  • The IN's make up over half of the forum population who responded to the thread (58%).
  • The I's dominated the E's (82% v. 18%)
  • The N's dominated the S's (70% v. 30%).
  • The correlation in percentages between the GD forum population and the general population is completely inverse.

In general, if someone is an INTJ, INTP, INFJ, or INFP -- in other words, an IN +Anything -- he is much more likely to find SL appealing than IS[anything] or EN[anything] -- and an ES[anything] is likely going to hate SL.

My guess is that this is because the I = Introvert, and the N, while called Intutive, to me means more like "Introspective".  So according to my theory an introverted introspective person is more likely to "get" SL than any other types.

What do those letters mean?  http://www.personalitypage.com/html/four-prefs.html

What are the sixteen personality types? http://www.personalitypage.com/html/high-level.html

How can you find out your type? http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp

I am an INFP, absolutely made to fall in love with SL. What are you?

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Ultimate Romantic Bedroom

New to the store is the Dusty Rose and Antique Oak bedroom set, inspired by a Ralph Lauren set I fell in love with. (And yes, guys DO love being invited into romantic bedrooms like this!)

The antique oak bed is a beautifully sculpted four poster and the dusty rose bed linens are retractable. The bed also includes a number of sleep/cuddles/couples animations.

Dusty rose scarf tables match perfectly with the antiqued, 3 prim, silver lamps which have on/off glow touch.

The lovely dusty rose and antique oak boudoir bench includes sit animations and the matching chaise includes a cuddle animation as well as sits. Check out the 5 prim matching curtains in the store.

The antique oak double dresser and larger silver mirror are a perfect match for the set.

Each piece is available individually or as a complete boxed set. Come by the store today.

The set is at a special introductory price for three days on the marketplace only.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Joys of Modifying

Once the owner of a very large well known store asked me why, if I did not mind her asking, I made my things modifiable. I couldn’t really think of any advantage to me in doing it, and several disadvantages (like, people can and do break their things and need replacements). But finally I told her the reason: “I just like them to be able to change their things to suit them.”

And not only that, but I encourage people to modify – La Galleria has always been about creating an individual look that suits the buyer. I know some people like to have a nice home but don’t really want to decorate it themselves – but most of my customers love decorating, which means they love the creative part of decorating and creating a look that is distinctively their own. And part of that can involve modifying what they select.

I do get lots of requests to modify things for people, and occasionally I will, usually if the person is only a few weeks old. But I know how empowering and satisfying it is to be able to make some simple modifications – to tint something, to retexture, and with a house, unlink and copy pieces to use in extending a patio or making stairs. And some have gone much further, even adding rooms to their houses.

I remember being delighted, when I was decorating my first little rental house, to find that I could mod my things. But the first 4 prim chair I ever made, I discovered I had NO idea how to link the parts into one object, and no one I knew to ask how. I wanted to cry.
I have not forgotten that – so now I have made lots of help notecards, and most of my Picks are help files. I spend lots of time in IMs teaching customers how to do for themselves the things they want modified. Here is an example of how Kryiel Lowenhart modded her Rose Manor -- and it took it almost no time at all. She took pieces from the back terrace and made the side deck area, and it looks great:

Oh, if only I had known when I was new about the Torely video tutorials! I had no clue what a great wealth of information was to be found there. So now, I include links to specific tutorials along with step by step instructions. Torely has all kinds of beginner videos as well as great advanced stuff. I learn something new every time I look through them.

They can be found here http://secondlife.com/my/whatnext/video-tutorials/index.php? Go to the Browse button and take a peek at the Build videos. A gold mine! You may think that something like “Moving objects like furniture” is too basic – but take a look and you will see that Torley introduces some very helpful tips – some that it took me a while to discover on my own.
In the future I will be highlighting some of the videos highlighting some of the modding skills I have found most useful. Check the list of pages to the right for these pages on basic modifying ---->

Thursday, March 3, 2011

California Dreaming

I have been thinking about this house for a long time. I have lots of dream houses, but the classic California style of the Monterey always grabs my heart.

It has the same floorplan as the Rose Manor and Mountain Creek, with soaring ceiling, upstairs master bedroom and bath, and downstairs extra bedroom or other room, and optional loft. It has a lighter look and feel, so perfect if you are looking for a seasonal change.