What I have observed in the information era is the exponential increase of artificial escapism. By this I mean distracting yourself from reality with non-realistic Books, TV, Music, Movies, Videogames etc. Escapism would also include things like "LARPing" or roleplaying and similar things. While I don't think escapism is a bad thing (In fact I think it is critical in maintaining a healthy mind), I do think that too much of it can be very bad.
With the advent and growing interest in virtual reality, I have become a little more concerned about people spending more time out of reality than in reality.
I think that many social problems that are occurring today are related to this. Anti-social behavior and mental health issues to name two.
Are there any philosophers who talk about this? Is escapism growing? Is more escapism bad? What are the effects of over-escapism? How can we remedy this?
Perhaps this is a more sociological geared question, but I think it has philosophical implications.