Ok, let's try this. I propose this thread focuses on a social issue related to computing, and thus is appropriately placed in this section. If this is incorrect, I hope a mod might inform me before I invest too much time here. It's become a well worn cliche that computing in general, especially enhanced by the net and convenient portable devices, can be a quite compelling experience. If we should go people watching at the mall, half the people walking buy are likely to have their face pressed against the screen of some device. My interest in this topic is more than academic, for while I'm not interested in Facebook, Twitter, cell phones and such, I'm more than a bit of a forum addict, as some readers may have observed. Where are we going with these compelling experiences? What's going to happen as the technology becomes more and more powerful, and can deliver an ever more engaging experience? As example, if this user is already somewhat addicted to a primitive text based medium such as today's forums, what will my situation be if Apple should release it's version of the StarTrek Holodeck? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodeck If you prefer a wider focus beyond the personal, what will our relationship with this planet we depend on become as we dive deeper and deeper in to the digital realm? Will we not notice global warming until the cell towers finally collapse in to the rising seas? Let's try to create a thoughtful thread together, because um, that's what I'm addicted to.