I’ve often felt that there are so many ways to strike up a conversation with someone in Second Life. It is a place where the possibilities for self-expression and social interaction are endless. When you travel through the grid you’ll quickly notice that the appearance of avatars varies widely, from the fantastical to the hyper-realistic. With so much diversity, I guess that it would be tempting to comment on someone’s appearance as a way to break the ice. There is however one line which is a terrible way of opening a conversation with someone. It happens a lot and today, as I was journeying through the grid to extend our aboard rentals in various sims, I received a high number of messages that simply said “Nice Avi”.
Nice Avi | Engaging With Others
When it comes to virtual worlds like Second Life, one of the first things that you notice is the diverse range of avatar looks. So whether you’re playing Second Life for the first time or you’re a seasoned veteran, you have more than likely heard the phrase “Nice Avi” more than once. While it may seem like a harmless compliment, using “Nice Avi” as an opening line is actually a terrible idea.
Firstly, it’s lazy.
Secondly, it is so overused.
A lot of people use it as a default greeting without putting any real thought or effort into it. In a world where people can be anyone that they want to be, why not take a few more seconds to come up with something a little bit more unique and personalized?
Starting a conversation with “Nice Avi” shows that you really don’t care about putting any effort into getting to communicate with the person.
You just want to fuck.
This is more than fine, but there are sims that are for quick non-communicative sex and there are places that aren’t.
Nice Avi | Sigh
“Nice Avi” can come across as insincere or in some rare circumstances, creepy. While there’s really nothing inherently wrong with complimenting someone’s look, a little bit more effort can be appreciated.
A lot of us spend hours, days, weeks even and thousands of Lindens looking good and feeling good. If you can’t spend more than one second to come up with an opening line then it’s not going to get past that part of the conversation.
My final point on “Nice Avi”: it really doesn’t give us much to work with. No matter how you look at it, it’s a dead-end compliment that can’t open up to any sort of meaningful conversation. Not even leading into sex.
There are a lot of things that turn me on, good conversation, intelligence and, above all, creativity are at the very top of that list.
If you’re looking to make any sort of connections in Second Life whether it’s a one-time fuck or a long-term friendship, you need to start with a much more engaging opening line.
As a disclaimer, I know that there are multiple sims on the grid where more engaging opening lines are not really required. This advice doesn’t apply to those, and if I find myself in any of those sims and get a “Nice Avi” then I know that it’s the atmosphere of the sim.
Thoughts & Opinions
A little effort goes a long way, so the next time you try and strike up a conversation of any kind do just one thing for me and think beyond “Nice Avi”.
What are your thoughts on “Nice Avi” as an opening line, more curiously have you ever used it or received it from someone? Are there any other bad opening lines that you’ve heard in Second Life or other virtual worlds? I’m genuinely interested in other people’s opinions on this, who knows maybe one of you will convince me that “Nice Avi” is a great conversation starter.
Let me know in the comments below.