Promoting Social and Cultural Sensitivity in a 3D Online Social Virtual World

ID: 30627 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Kay Kyeongju Seo, University of Cincinnati, United States
  2. Dana Tindall, Xavier University, United States

Wednesday, October 20 2:45 PM-3:45 PM Location: Palms Ballroom D

Presider: M.O. Thirunarayanan, Florida International University, United States

Abstract: A three-dimensional social virtual world is an online environment centered on providing an alternative to real life where experiences may be lived out in relative safety. There are issues, however, much like real life where insensitivity to others, aggressiveness, and predatory behavior may exist in spite of code of conduct agreements and agreements of net-social norms. The internet provides opportunity for anonymous and non-physical interaction, encouraging lowered inhibition. Therefore, risk taking becomes easier in this open environment. Lowered inhibition and anonymity provides opportunity for inappropriate behavior, bullying, and the use of offensive remarks and actions. In this presentation we will propose the use of avatar role play in the 3D online social virtual environment as a means of social and personal transformation aimed toward positive outcomes in social and cultural sensitivity online and in the real world.


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