Stuart Staniford, Early Warning Blog, 5/26: "...as the physical environment continues to slowly degrade, the virtual environment is likely to get much better. I imagine that will lead people to spend more and more time in the virtual environment"
See...I was with this company which built Virtual Reality systems. What was the actual business, you say? Ut cuspis - there was none. Still, you should read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.