One year on since the grid merger

It’s been one year since Linden Lab merged the Teen Grid and Main Grid together officially. Since then there hasn’t been any major news about teens on the grid and it seems things have gone silent. In August 2011 I published a blog post called Top 20 old teen grid historical places to visit which I think was a good useful guide to share with everyone.

Check out Teens in Second Life SL wiki page.

In 2011 the former Teen Grid mainland became empty in terms of land and region traffic. My guess is that teens lost interest and went somewhere else on the web. I don’t think anyone has noticed a huge difference on the grid since last year but have you noticed any difference since the merger ?.

As for 2012 I hope that teens active in Second Life today will join the popular educational/teen related organisations and abandoned parcels will be rebuilt on. 🙂

17 thoughts on “One year on since the grid merger

  1. i also wonder where they went but it was a small group and they probably moved on to the next best thing

    i don’t know of any active teen grids in OpenSim and perhaps the kids that found SL to be a creative outlet simply run OpenSim at home on their own machines or as small networks with a handful of friends


  2. The ones who are left have probably faded into the scene of the ‘free xxx’ clubs in Zindra and the infohubs. Those are about the only places in SL where you find residents with the same ‘mindset and social skills’ as a place like World of Warcraft… 😀 (where the adults pretend to be immature by dropping f-bombs, and the teens pretend to be mature by dropping f-bombs…)

    Actual G-rated land doesn’t seem to have much in the way of active venues, and most of the residents of the sims that used to be teen-grid are adults that moved in when it was merged. I knew of one person who was on a teen grid sim before the merge, and still is, and he was 18 before the merge (by mere days) according to his own claim.


  3. Well, the disaster I predicted has not come to pass, I will admit. But that doesn’t mean that teens coming in will not get some naked bystander on their nude beach thrown in jail just because the kid’s mom catches him looking. While I’d love a world where the teens and the adults could safely mingle, the reality is that the law of this land is paranoid (to the point where a teen having a naked pic of themselves is charged with child porn). So caution must be the word of the day for such a mixed group.

    As for where they went, I suspect my own oldest daughter’s response is telling. Her interest in SL vanished when I told her that the teen grid was going away, as she “didn’t want to hang around a whole bunch of OLD people.” I think the teens liked having a haven away from adult eyes where they could be as ribald and crude as they wanted to be. Now that they have to mind their Ps and Qs on G areas like the rest of us, SL doesn’t hold any glamor anymore.


    1. As for where they went, I suspect my own oldest daughter’s response is telling. Her interest in SL vanished when I told her that the teen grid was going away, as she “didn’t want to hang around a whole bunch of OLD people.”

      The funny thing about teens is that many of them will -DEMAND- access to adult venues and places until they actually get it, arrive, and realize we’re boring as heck…

      Or, they want to be treated like adults, but want nothing to do with actual adults… The very ones who will demand to get into the ‘R-rated movie’ will complain at all the old people there, and complain about ‘old decrepit actors’ like Richard Gere…

      The merger to a large extent can function as a sort of ‘teen-be-gone’ bug spray… but… at the same time, since the merger the age demographic has been shifting down from the late 30s / 40s into the 20s / 30s… (and 20-somethings are really children with a license to be foolish anyway… 🙂 )


      1. I must admit, I didn’t expect my SL experience to remain so unchanged. If anything, it’s not become somewhat lackluster. I think most of the excitement from the merge came from the idea that the MG was seen as “the great beyond” which was close enough to catch glimpses of, but still too far away to reach. Then we got access. Then we got hyped.

        I was hyped, but then came to realize that my experience hadn’t really changed from the transition. I’m still living in sandboxes and small community sims as well as regions owned by friends. The only main differences now are that I have more access to regions I’ll probably never see, more high quality content available for purchase and I now seem to be surrounded by 8ft tall, tanned amazon women and tattooed bodybuilders with ridiculous body proportions 😉

        Looking at things, the spirit of “building a teen community” has died, revived in a poorly executed attempt by LL before simply dying again. Terrence stopped existing, Chimp Labs shut down, the Teen Development HQ is no more, and everyone just split apart and decided to do their own thing.


  4. Well…i’m an ex-teen grider, was transfered to SL a few weeks before the merger…Most of the people I know are wondering around the enormous Main Land in SL.
    We are still here…but it’s nothing big, we were just about 150 ~ 300 so….that gives you an idea of what it was back then.


  5. I help occasionally at New Citizens and teens still sign up for SL. People identifying themselves as 16 – 18 come through now and then asking the same sorts of questions any new user would. I only met one former TG resident who joined a small Group I am in but I don’t think he has logged in for many months now. No idea if he found a new virtual destination, he did mention school was taking a lot more of his attention the last time we chatted.


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