Interesting, I must have missed nurgg's post here, but he pinned the tail on the donkey... or shall I say ducky.
The analogy of a sexual facebook, comparing MFC to facebook.
I remind you that the marketing of a persona encompasses, facebook, twitter and a host of many other social networking websites.
Come on... connect the dots already!!!!
I came across an MFC's models blog from canada.
You can see quite clearly how all the social networking sites are used to capture a fan base and more market share of business opportunities.
This one model, uses all these websites, for various exposure.
1) Business exchanges.... emails, photo packages, videos etc that any person can be charged a fee.
2) The model has created a wishlist and specific methods of obtaining gifts and presents
I understand the business side of it all. But with all due respect, and as nurgg has pointed out.... there are many ways to hook a fish out there.
Ripe for the taking.
I have come to the conclusion, that when an individual becomes so enthralled with all of this, as a customer, that the chemistry that occurs within the brain alters rational thinking into a subtle yet powerful addiction.
The feeling of having tokens or credits, and then the euphoria of using them in various ways and methods, creates a type of "feeling of importance" for many individuals.
No longer would just sex shows suffice, it is the brain altering its brain patterns that when in this type of environment, it gives pleasure. That pleasure, is placated by a model towards the member, in a sense and feeling of euphoric importance. Since having tokens and using them elicits attention and making a person feel important at that moment, it simply modifies and alters a way a person feels and thinks in these environments.
Before you know it, you are hooked, filleted, and cooked.
There are people out there that use this knowledge and the expertise to prey on those inherent weaknesses and use the psychological human traits of others to exploit or manipulate people into altering their views and lifestyles.
This is the essence of creating what I call fodder.
Before you realize it, you look at yourself and realize you sit in a chat room for 8 hours, wasting time, thinking you are so important, yet in reality, you are nothing but a dollar sign.
Or you realize you have been an active member of a chat site for almost 10 years. My,my, my, no wonder, some women make this a career. Yet, humans do this anyway, because it makes them feel good or justify to themselves that there is nothing wrong or improper with it. It's a legal type of business but in the end it really is not normal social interaction, to say the least.
Shall I mention how many individuals are even more "hooked" when you do not see what occurs when the "business" moves away from a chat site to more intimate realities, using all the other social networking sites out there.