Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Why Virtual Worlds Will Eventually End Civilization As We Know It

The folks at Terra Nova linked to an interesting article on people dropping out of real life to spend their time playing EverQuest.

He makes the very good point that there are three reasons why people prefer the virtual world to the real world:

1. Increased effort inevitably produces increased rewards. Contrast this to real life, where success can seem unattainable and arbitrary.

2. True equality of opportunity and possibilities for accomplishment and advancement.

3. The people you meet all have something in common--they've chosen to play the game--and it's far easier to avoid jerks.

Perhaps the folks who decry online addiction would do better to figure out a way to make the real world more attractive to those who feel disenfranchised....


__POP said...

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