It would be easy to simply brush off any interactions in a MOO as text going by, with no emotion and no real social value at all. After all, these are people who have never met before, in an environment which doesn't really exist. Heck, these people can't even hear each other talking, right?

Nothing could be farther from the truth. When entering a MOO, something happens. There is some sense that a transportation has taken place, and that something actually is happening in this location that is the MOO. That there are people talking and actions taking place add to this. But the fact that there are so many people in one particular place, who have come to this one place to talk and interact is enough of a reason to realize that there is some serious interaction going on. Some real emotions happening in here.