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Are we losing touch with reality?

Facebook buying virtual reality company Oculus VR. Are we losing touch with real life?

When I was a kid I used to read 3 books a week. The deal was when I finished one my dad would buy me another.

I read a lot. Now I read that Facebook have gone shopping again and are buying a virtual reality company called Oculus VR.

In one sense this dismays me. A signal that we are going to be sucked even more into a cyber life that bears little relation to the real world. Some might say that this is a good thing. We only ever hear bad things in the news for example. At least it feels that way. Whats wrong with a bit of escapism?

Escapism is after all what I was am up to when deep into my books. I don’t hear or see anything going on around me (much to the annoyance of my wife). So just a different form of virtual reality really.

Sometimes I think we are losing touch with real life.  We need to hold on to reality. Reality might have lots of bad things associated with it: lost planes, mudslides, war and the threat of war. Reality however has lots of great things. Great things the sum of which easily compensate for the bad.

It’s spring in the northern hemisphere.  Best time of year. Feel the sun on your face, hear the birds, smell the grass. Get that barbecue out. Get reality.

Trefor Davies

By Trefor Davies

Liver of life, father of four, CTO of, writer, poet,

2 replies on “Are we losing touch with reality?”

Think the wachowski brothers depicted this quite eloquently that life is an illusion…. And that virtual and actual reality are sometimes indistinguishable.
Sadly I think paper media has had its day, although ‘the paper’ such as the mail, guardian etc now have an important role on the net. It’s hard to see how lots of monies can be made though except through subscription services or click advertising.
Now wearable a are merging digital with real life even more, google glass being the one I’m quite interested to see how society adopts it (something so visually prominent unlike a watch).
As for the real world, I grab a tent or dslr and go for a walk…

Interesting times….

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