There is always going to be a risk of how those who already favor being socially-inactive will adapt to a wholly immersive video game world. However
the majority of people who play social multiplayer games are not actually the ones who will be a problem, at least not in my opinion. These people,
like myself, are long used to balancing their real lives with the "online social world."
Some are better at it than others. I too know people who's entire lives revolve around their gaming. Mine certainly doesn't, but I have put long
hours in plenty of times before in MMOs. The thing is: they aren't hurting anyone.
Every single person described is still going to have to log out at some point, bathe and take care of personal needs and then go to work. Where they
will be forced to interact with people.
Someday that may all be virtualized too...but at that point it's still just society interacting. Different method, same venue.
As for the concerns of rape and murdering...the companies that will be getting these things to market will NEVER put out a game that allows it's
virtual players or avatars to rape and murder. It would run them into all sorts of legal issues that they know would undoubtedly crop up. There will
likely be underground servers that have gameframes running such options - but like anything illegal everyone there would knowingly be participating in
something they know is illegal...so, in a perverse way, it would all be consensual.
Prostitution, drugs, and all that exist now in the real world. If it makes it to the cyber world...it's also no different than now. I'm not saying
that's a good thing, just that it's being sensationalized like it isn't already a problem now.
I think the reality is that you and I, and even our children growing up right now, are not going to have issues when this new age of digitization
hits. It will be the kids that grow up after it is out that we will have to concern ourselves with. We'll need to make sure as many of the risks are
gone, and as much of it that can be regulated is, so that the enter into a solid framework.
I'm personally looking forward to the early years of it - it will be a real cyberworld wild west as the laws and are drawn and precedents are set.
For what it's worth I'm -not- some anti-social person who can't wait for this tech. I make a comfortable 70k a year in a field that rocks, and that's
on a lower paying job that I took for it's security and retirement rather than the higher paying options I was being offered. I just recognize how
awesome this has, potential wise, and that many of the challenges brought up are no different than the ones we currently face in life. Life is gonna
continue on regardless.
edit on 28-10-2014 by UnmitigatedDisaster because: (no reason given)