Online relationships can be like Astroturf: from a distance and in poor lighting they look alike, but one is artificial. It may look greener, but it’s not truly alive.
Virtual reality is almost like the real thing but not quite. The gap between the real and the not-quite, however, keeps getting smaller in the virtual realm, as technology advances.
Twenty years ago someone ringing your doorbell triggered your reactive attention. Now it’s a minute-to-minute symphony of chimes, bells, beeps, and growls from every connected device in your life.