It is a logical impossibility: the 'virtual world' has to be created by people who are very much in the real world.
It is an amusement - on the line from telling stories around the campfire, to reading novels, to movies and on to TV.
Time Magazine - that paragon of intellect - would publish stories "Will people spend their entire lives watching TV?". We don't. We never have.
As your tag-line says: “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention” - F. Bacon