Secondo gli esperti, entro il 2020, i virtual worlds potrebbero superare i siti di social networking come luogo per trascorrere tempo online.
Life-like avatars: "Interaction on Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites is mainly limited to text, with the ability for users to add photos and video. But in a virtual world, people are represented by avatars: computer-generated figures which can look uncannily like ourselves -- if we choose. They can walk like us, they'll soon talk like us and they can interact with each other. As 3-D technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, Booker says that photo-realistic avatars are just around the corner, and will become increasingly convincing".
A quanto sembra, i mondi virtuali potrebbero incoraggiare alcuni di noi ad abbandonare la mondana vita reale sostituendola con una vita di lusso on-line.