Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
real life

Alternatively referred to as meatspace, real-life or RL is shorthand that describes life and activities beyond the computer. Users may also use the related IRL term, which is short for in real-life. Below are some examples of how this could be used.

I met her in RL.

I bet IRL you are a total geek!


Some people prefer the term AFK instead of IRL because they consider the Internet as "real" as the real life. Many players who play the game Second Life also call the real-life the First Life.

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