Using a virtual world can help improve your health

One of my favorite bloggers,  Inara Pey @ Living in The Modem World, Blogs some terribly interesting articles. Her blog is worth a bookmark and a spot on your blogroll. She blogged this article today , I’m reposting in part here :

According to a study released by the University of Missouri (PDF), having a healthy-looking avatar can be good for our own health and self-esteem.

Dr. Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz surveyed 279  Second Life users to study how their choice of avatars affected their real-world existence. She found that the amount of self presence, or identifying with a virtual representation, predicted the amount of influence an avatar had on a person’s life in the physical world. A strong sense of self-presence improved how they felt about themselves and promoted better health and well-being.

Please pop over and read the entire article on her blog here.

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