Wouldn’t you just love to live in a movie or in an Xbox game and never have to face real life? Imagine living in a virtual reality where you never had to worry about anything except where you last placed your TV remote or Xbox controller? Imagine sitting in a dark room, curtains closed all day and night, never knowing if it's day or night or even what day it is and no concept of what is going on outside the four walls of your virtual room?
Your whole life revolving around how much money you can earn on Grand Theft Auto doing heists, how many keys you can unlock on Never Winter or how many survival kits you can bag on Zombie Apocalypse.
Facing real life after living in virtual would be impossible. You can’t pay your water bill with GTA dollars, your gas bill can’t be paid in Astral Diamonds and your rent can’t be paid in Septim coins.
Real life daily dramas would be impossible to face. If someone upset you in the street you can’t just get an AK47 and gun them down. If your car is in an accident you can’t call up the GTA online insurance company and request a replacement immediately and if you don’t have a car in real life a dragon from the Whispering Cavern isn’t going to come to your rescue as transportation.
Same goes for movies and television in general. Nowadays I don’t have time for television, never mind movies; although yesterday I did watch the new Black Mirror Four Series (check it out). However, it took me all day to get through it as I can’t sit still for that long.
If you sit in front of your television watching the same movie on repeat there is going to be a time when all your conversations are only ever going to be about a movie or a movie scene.
Imagine what a conversation would be like:-
Me: ‘Yesterday I had an argument with a work colleague and I don’t know what to do.’
Movie Friend: ‘You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you or my boy to me?’
Me: 'What are you talking about? I didn’t say I wanted vengeance.’
Movie friend: 'The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it.’
Me: ‘Okay, but I was just trying to say I’d had an argument?’
Movie Friend: ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold.’
Me: ‘I don’t want vengeance or revenge I just want to know what to say to them. What do you suggest?’
Movie Friend: ‘You’re the disease and I’m the cure.’
Me: ‘I don’t think that’s going to work. You're not helping me at all, I'm leaving.’
Movie Friend: ‘Go ahead, make my day.’
Me: ‘I’m going and won’t be back.’
Movie Friend: ‘I’ll be back.’
What if you’ve lived in virtual movie land for so long with only your television as company and then when you do manage to go out you start changing your normal accent of say Scottish, for example, to American because you’ve watched so many American movies you believe you are American and start telling anyone who asks that you come from American heritage?
What if your actual job is a taxi driver in Leeds but you start talking like you’re Robert De Niro [Taxi Driver 1976] and your latest cab fare starts thinking they’re in downtown New York instead of on The Headrow? ‘You talking to me?’
What if every time it rains you jump round lamp posts and start singing and dancing Gene Kelly style or enter the local fancy dress shop and buy a crossbow as you've started to believe you really are Daryl from The Walking Dead.
If you live in these virtual worlds for too long you create someone of yourself that you aren’t.
Then, of course, there is the virtual dating versus reality. The online photos that are clearly from ten years previous versus the reality of the real person. I met one guy who online looked like a younger version of Sly Stallone. However, the truth was in the meeting and in reality he looked like an older version of Sly having been in his coffin for two weeks.
Another guy, only showed pictures of himself from the neck upwards and in the background of his photographs was what looked like a gym. When I met him he had a beer belly bigger than a dart’s player and more chins than a seal. What is that all about?
Again, did the guy not realise on meeting I would be clearly able to see that he hasn't entered a gym in his life. Don't get me wrong, neither have I, but I am what I am and don't pretend to be something I'm not.
The dating apps are amusing and if you follow my Twitter page I've had no choice but to tweet some of their ridiculous profiles on there. Look out for Telly, 61...he's one of my favourite virtuals.
My summary is this.
No one is perfect which is maybe why we escape into this world of virtual; no self-esteem, no confidence, anxiety, depression? Who knows but I am sure we've all done it at some point. I’ve deleted all my virtual apps because I’d rather face reality head on and deal with it. Yes, it is good to have a bit of time out as long as it doesn’t take over your life and make you into someone you are not.
How many Rocky movies do you have to watch to know you're never going to be a boxer? How many Bob Ross episodes do you have to watch to realise you're never going to be an artist? How many romance movies do you have to watch to realise that Josh Lucas is never going to marry you?
The question is though; - how long do you spend in virtual reality and at what point does virtual reality cancel out reality?
For me, it doesn’t as the real world is the world I want to live in and frankly nowadays I just don’t have the time to live in a world where the TV, iPhone and Xbox controller are my only friends.
This blog is based totally on my own experiences and own thoughts.