“When you're surrounded by all these people, it can be lonelier than when you're by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don't feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you're really alone.” ― Fiona Apple
Being lonely in SL, is that even possible, I hear you ask. It most definitely is. I would even go as far as to say that at one time or another we have all suffered from a bout of loneliness in SL, some of us more than others. We all get lonely at times. It doesn't mean there is anything wrong with us.
Most of us need someone to validate our existence, but at what cost? Sometimes we end up doing things that aren’t true to ourselves, and what for, a bit of fleeting attention, only to be left hollower than we were before, and with an actual physical pain. It's an ache in your chest, a heaviness that you can't shake, a longing that only the connection to another person can soothe.