There’s an online game called Second Life which had a huge surge many years ago, but still has roughly a million players. I recently read an article about how all of the rabbits are dying in Second Life because the person who sold their food through the game can no longer produce it (because of a lawsuit). So the rabbits have all slowly disappeared. As ridiculous as this sounds, what amazes me more is that people have been paying real money to feed a virtual rabbit.
The game behind Second Life is that you can create your own dream house, your own personality, kids, toys, pets, etc. It’s a Second Life in which you can virtually start over. This game gained national attention several years ago when a real life couple was playing the game and forgot to feed their real life baby and it died. They had been spending every minute they had on creating a Second Life and feeding their virtual baby, while their real life baby was ignored and unfed.
There seems to be an obsession with people creating a new life for themselves, but not necessarily actually taking the steps to do it. They are unhappy and instead of trying to take steps to improve their current circumstances, some people play this game and make their life what they want it to be. I imagine that if these people spend the time (and money) spent in the game on their own lives they could make vast improvements and create the life they want. Education, a new job, or perhaps moving are just a few ways to recreate or improve life.