keeping RL and SL TOTALLY separate.
i guess it means i don't want to give out personal details about the real me so please don't ask. now this i understand. i will say i am very open about who i am and anyone with too much time on their hands could probably figure out my name if they were really bored. i certainly don't want SL strangers trick or treating at my house but i don't really hide either.
so if i am using my alt (yes i have one who is not chestnut morissey) am i still me? yes of course. i may be rp'ing and it may be things i don't necessarily want people who know chestnut rau to know about. so i *get* the desire for privacy. but its all still me, right? parts of my personality, parts of my imagination, things "I" do. and its all part of the totality of my SL.
so, what leads someone to say "keeping RL and SL TOTALLY separate?" is it because they are doing things that are potentially embarrassing? they don't want their spouse, employer, friends or family to know about how they play? maybe they are worried about the possible career consequences of their favorite SL activity. these are all valid reasons for maintaining privacy. absolutely. but, let's not kid ourselves either. these things you do in SL? its part of your RL people. its not some "other" -- it is you who is clicking the mouse, right? what you feel is real.
what i concluded through the fever and the sneezing and the body aches is this -- me, myself and i are part of everything i do in second life. on the other hand, i don't necessarily want avatars to come out of the world and hang around my living room. having said that? there are people i have met through their SL avatars i can totally imagine inviting to my home for a beer and a swim.
I'm sure my deep insight clarifies this topic once and for all. thank god for fever. hehe