A world strip of humanity – inside the virtual reality websites where you can live out your wildest (and darkest) fantasies by John Humphrys

The great joy of childhood is unfettered imagination – it is the best toy in the world.And then we grow up. The real world intrudes with all its limitations and barriers. We get on with life, accept our mostly humdrum, routine existence and make the best of it.But what’s this? Tens of millions of people in this country and around the world appear to have reverted to childhood. They spend extraordinary amounts of their time inhabiting an imaginary world.You might say we all do that on some level. A good book or even a good play on the radio will take you to places you have never been. But this is different. These people inhabit a virtual world on the internet.

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