In New World Notes Survey, Over a Third Publicly Associate Their First Life Identity and Name with Their Second Life Activity (Or Plan To)
Last week I asked readers if they were interested in publicly associating their avatars and in-world activity with their real life identity, and here's the results: One in three responded that they did. Though admittedly not a scientific sample, my intuition is this is fairly representative of the general Second Life community, perhaps even on the low side. (According to Linden data, over 50% of Residents aleady use the internal VOIP system in SL, which reveals a lot about real world gender, age, national origin, etc.)
Judging from my general readership, this is just the preference of established users SL. If the world ends its current growth plateau, taking on new Residents, I think it's likely we'll see this split begin to even. (Especially after choosing real names for avatars becomes an option later this year.) After all, some 150 million+ Facebook users are active users of games and virtual worlds, and by definition, they've already linked their own avatars to their real world identities. Were even 1% of them to join Second Life, I think you'd see the survey results change drastically.
Update, 1/19: Changed headline to better reflect survey question.