After reading Vint's blog on the SLex / RLex ratio a while ago in which she tries to catch the differences between people's Sl sex life and RL one in a formula, I was left with the feeling some things in her math didn't add up. Math is not my thing either, but being a bit bored today I started thinking about it. Since it doesn't always have to be serious stuff, this is what I came up with:
A sort of "Promiscuity Index" so to speak...
(RLA -216) / RLP
-------------------- = PI
(SLA x 5) / SLP
RLA = your RL age in months
RLP = the number of RL sex partners since your 18th Bday
SLA = your SL age in months
SLP = the number of SL sex partners since rezz-day
PI = Promiscuity Index (I wonder is someone is going to turn up with 3.14 *grins*)
Now let me explain why I think this is a more accurate way of calculating or if you want more indicative of the differences between yourSL sex life and your RL one. First of all there is the fact that her calculation doesn't take in account we are more or less active during certain periods of our lives be it in RL or SL. At some stages in both our RL and SL we tend to experiment more. So I thought I should divide the time we are sexually active by the number of partners over that time in both lives. To compensate for the fact you can be active inSL from day one and not so in RL I decided (rather arbitrarily I'll admit) to deduct 216 from the RLA thus starting the count at 18 years of age.
Another thing that had me thinking is the fact that there is a difference in pace between SL and RL. Face it, what is the average life span of a relationship in SL? So based on my experience I set the value at 5. Meaning the pace of life in SL is imho about 5 times faster than in RL. I agree it's debatable and any good arguments to change this value are more then welcome.
What do we get out of this? I think it makes for a nice comparison of your promiscuity in SL as opposed to RL. Let's look at an of course completely fictional example:
A male 42 years old has had 15 sex partners since he was 18. In SL he has had 5 since he rezzed 19 months ago.
(506 - 216) /15
------------------- = 1,02
(19 x 5) / 5
The conclusion in this case would be that his promiscuity in SL and RL are fairly the same.
index > 1 = RL promiscuity < SL promiscuity
index < 1 = SL promiscuity < RL promiscuity
This says nothing about the frequency of SLex or RLex. I guess if you would like to hazard a guess at how often you've done it in RL since you turned 18 and the number of times you engaged in SLex in SL you could replace RLP and SLP by those values but I'm not going to venture there :-)
On a side note, this equation also solves the problem Vint had with her calculation that could lead to an illegal "divide by 0".
I'm as always curious to hear your thoughts and reactions!
And your Indexes of course ;-)
PS In case you were wondering, no, it's not me in the top picture ...