The term relationship, as it's used here, applies to both romantic as well friendship types of relationships. Here are five main ground rules or guiding principles you should know about SL relationships:
- There are real human beings behind each avatar in SL. You and they have real emotions.
- You do not know for certain anything about the other person you're interacting with.
- Take your time getting to know others in SL before committing to deeper relationships or partnerships.
- There are bad people in SL as well as good; not everyone plays well with others.
- SL will impact your RL in good and bad ways. The impact may be quite profound.
These are a few things to consider when choosing to enter into a relationship with a fellow avatar in SL.