I have written often on the Engagement Level called Disassociative and how they can be perceived as the bad guys, and i have talked about Immersion as good for education and for those socially isolated but...
It is not like immersion doesn't come with risks, not only for your own heart, but immersion to the extreme is dangerous even for others.
This article was brought to my attention.click here
It is about a Second Life gaming couple with a young child who were so immersed in the validation of their virtual life that Real Life obligations were considered interruptions and detested, so much so they starved their child near death and they still didn't care.
This is because what brought them satisfaction was the validation of themselves in a fun positive way vs the failures real life had left them due to looks, lack of intellect, handicap or opportunities.
How do you fix something like this? You can't fix opportunities for everyone, or handicaps. Could we put time limits on known immersives to help them balance?
Immersion and balance is the hardest of combinations but balance is the goal. To live in a virtual world gives you freedoms the biological may never know, but the biological avatar needs substance.
With technology leaping forward exponentially and the titillating new things that are coming out to stimulate, this problem is only going to get worse not better. We need to start really thinking about limitations for all of us. The intelligent are certainly not immune to technology overdosing, and our children are blinded and without any expectation to learn technological balance.
Here is one brilliant persons framing attempt that seems to have promise.click here
Here are some other suggestions.
If you find that you can not talk to real people without interjecting your virtual experiences, you should question your balance...OR take my job...lol