People who overuse their smartphones may gradually find themselves behaving in an increasingly anti-social manner compared to those who use them in moderation. It could even trigger a slide back into the incivility of previous ages.
When MMORPG gamers sit in front of their computers – each in a different country, wearing headphones / mics so they can coordinate their battles with dragons, dwarves and elves – they may end up improving their command of a non-native language.
Over 2014 we’ve seen some huge leaps in scientific advancement that are enabling previously wheelchair-bound people to stand up and take some small but important steps forward under their own volition.
Immersive virtual reality gaming is good, frighteningly good. So good that it makes me worry that people will increasingly choose the excitement of virtual worlds over the relative mundanity of the real one.