Posts tagged “imagination

Oh the Places You’ll Go

kait oh the places youll go dr seuss

kait oh the places youll go dr seussKaty made a good point in her recent post asking if IMVU is cheating. She said IMVU allowed her to do all of the things she never hit a chance to do. That kind of reminded me of the Dr Seuss book “Oh the Places You Will Go”. (It’s a life book not a kid book, though don’t tell the kids.)

That’s true and a great point. IMVU lets you do a lot of exciting things you never would have done or maybe even dreamed of. Actually anything you can dream up you can do in here. Sexy things, crazy things, silly things, impossible things, wild things, romantic things.

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. but mostly they’re darked.
But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

reading the instructions in imvu

The Science of IMVU

the science of imvu and 3d chatting simulation

the science of imvu and 3d chatting simulationI’ve also been pondering the question of what makes imvu different than a chat program like Yahoo Chat or gchat. Before joining, I couldn’t tell you. It’s certainly not as ambitious as second life–I think that’s to its credit, since it is so much more accessible and prettier…

I think part of what makes imvu so magical is that the brain is wired for imagination… for simulation. MRI scans show that the same neurons that fire when we touch a hot stove, also fire when we see somebody else touch a hot stove (so-called mirror neurons). These neurons evolved in part because they provoide empathy but also to help us simulate the future so that we don’t have to touch the hot stove to know it will hurt. Other experiments show that people who are assigned an attractive avatar in second life act more confident, but more importantly, that confidence carries over even after they’ve logged out of the game. Even old psychological studies found that if you recorded phone conversations of person A talking to person B, and person A thought person B was prettier (due to a faked photograph), person B “sounded” more attractive, according to observers who weren’t aware of the photograph. Simple put, Avatars matter.

On a personal note, I find that avatars have a really big effect on me. A good guy friend of mine likes to use a girl avatar sometimes. I found I interact with him very differently when I see him as a girl. More simply, I love cuddle poses. I mean I REALLY love cuddle poses. I can literally feel my heart rate change when I’m in the arms of somebody I love. But maybe I’m just weird… but even if it is just me, there’s still the science.

Thank you Quidlyn (Katy) for such powerful insight.

Just for fun, next time you’re at a Party

visualize meeting your imvu friends in real life

picture your imvu friends in real lifeYou use your imagination in here, so why not use it a little more in real life? If you’ve been in here I’m sure you have some good friends. The next time you go to a party or out to dinner or even shopping, imagine that these are your friends from IMVU. It works best at a night club or party with a lot of young people because the ages of people in here tends to be younger, more single like something you’d see at a night club or party. And people also tend to dress up and look their best there which makes it feel more like your IMVU friends. I did this a lot when I went to Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

I guess this isn’t much of a tip, it’s just something fun to do. It kind of makes things seem more real sometimes. I don’t cross over between IMVU and real life because I’d be in a lot of trouble and it would hurt my family. I’m certainly not going to be a porn star in real life but it’s fun to be able to let loose and feel that way sometimes in here. I think I’m good at this because I’m good at visualizing things and I guess I’m just saying it’s fun to visualize these things in real life, even if I have to keep them just in my head. Sometimes I admit that I am jealous of friends that can act out more in real life.