As promised, I’ve summarised the responses to my Second Life Sex Survey and the results are surprising in several ways.
To my knowledge, there are relatively few quantitative studies in the field of Second Life sexual behaviour, but I’m hoping there will be more.
The only published study I was able to find was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior (Craft, 2012).
Entitledthe author shares results of a web-based survey that received 235 responses (Gilbert, Gonzalez and Murphy, 2011).
The author concluded that the “interest and experience of different sexual practices supported findings by other researchers that online environments facilitated access, but also indicated that interest in certain sexual practices could differ between offline and online environments.” My findings are very similar.
In addition to this, the researchers concluded that Second Life residents were “more satisfied with the romantic relationships they form in the virtual world than the ones in their real life” and “that their level of sexual satisfaction with virtual world relationships was roughly equal to what they experienced in their real world relationships.” Further study findings revealed: Half of respondents felt they could communicate better with their Second Life partner than their real-life partner.
One-third of respondents said they felt a “stronger connection” to their Second Life partner.
Most respondents (70%) said their Second Life relationship was like a real-life long-distance relationship, but only 19% of respondents had met their Second Life partner in person.
Respondents were split evenly with regard to which type of relationship offered greater sexual satisfaction.
Roughly 43% of respondents were more satisfied with sexuality in Second Life, while 42% were more satisfied with real life.
“Most users reported Second Life relationships having a much shorter duration than their real-life relationships.