Ha, good points! I was thinking the term “virtual reality” should be treated with caution too, if I was a law maker I’d make companies sell headsets and devices for “virtuality”, “simulation”, “cyberspace” whatever, I would regulate the use of “reality” to describe something 100% imaginary.
Maybe it’s a stretch, but I’ve noticed how marketing terms tend to fall off and shorten and soon after mass adoption “virtual reality” will be sold as “reality”. Once it becomes a norm in our collective mindset I fear your vision of addiction is a matter of years away.
However I trust the lower parts of the brain to flood humans with fatigue. It might be that our fears will dissipate into the void as humans will reject virtuality and simulation because we yearn inside for the visceral experience of “beingness”. The current focus on vision as the sole gate into the human’s existence might be a savior because we as a species tend to respond pretty badly to sensory deprivation. But if those headsets will come with fully immersive sensory input into our bodies, than i fear the worst :)
I fear the worst because we are naturally evolved to be lazy. Who wouldn’t linger in the land of instant gratification with zero cost?