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  • I have no problem admitting it, I interact with people in the virtual world on IMVU, one of several sites where you can create an avatar and personalize it with clothes, accessories, even different cars and other vehicles.

    While it isn't quite the same as interacting in the real world, one thing is always the same. Behind every avatar is a real live human being, someone with flesh and blood, and more importantly, feelings. It may sounds ridiculous, but I've met 'people' in there I really like, people who I consider close personal friends. I have telephone numbers for some of them and talk to them on the phone now and then, but most of our interaction is in the virtual world, a place where physical restrictions or age really have no meaning.

    So since we are in a virtual world, we must all be superheros or explorers or cartoon characters, right? Nope, most of us are just acting like normal people, dancing, talking, swimming, whatever. You make friends there just the same way you make them out here. You talk to them, get to realize you have something in common, and start to hang out. Pretty soon, you know all about them, and they know all about you.

    Is it a substitute for the real world? No way. Is it a viable social interaction tool for people who have disabilities to be able to interact with others? Absolutely.

    By the way, I'm the blond guy in the white suit with the blue vest.

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