This ad for online world-related therapy was recently seen on a community bulletin board in San Francisco, the kind which usually feature ads for people seeking roommates or used furniture for sale:
It was spotted by Ted Rheingold, the CEO and founder of Dogster, who took the photograph. "Crazy right?" He Tweeted to me. But there it was on the board, he says, of "Good Life Market, on 20th in Potrero Hill." The ad points to the website of San Francisco-based therapist Frank Di Pelesi, who I'm not familiar with, but seems legit. Ted is right that it still seems kind of crazy. But then, Di Pelesi's not the only SF therapist treating people deeply involved in Second Life and other online worlds. Last year, I moderated a panel on Second Life addiction with Paul Silverman MFT, who's also treated many clients around that issue. So ads like this will probably become more commonplace, reflecting the fact that our real lives are becoming more and more digital. After all, the bulletin board ad was spotted by the founder of a social network for dogs.