Age/sex/location (commonly referred to by the shorthand A/S/L, asl or ASL) is an article of Internet slang used in instant messaging programs and in Internet chatrooms. It is used as a question to find out the age, sex, and general location of the person one is talking to.
This concept brings up ethical questions regarding users "chang[ing their] identity, adopt[ing] new personalities and keep[ing] dreams and fantasies virtually real" in the internet world.
The variation NASL is short for "Name, Age, Sex, Location".
ASLR is short for "age, sex, location, race". ASLRP is short for "age, sex, location, race, picture".
The chat room rules for Bipolar Disorder Chat Rooms state: "We discourage the use of age/sex/location (a/s/l). We urge you not to give your real name, location, address or phone number to anyone you meet in a chatroom. This is to protect your privacy and keep you safe."[better source needed]
The fact that users often seek A/S/L information in "initial interactions" implies an "emphasis on the physical body online". 52% of the MOO character descriptions referenced age, sex, location, or physical appearance.
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