When I met my wife-to-be, one of the common topics of conversation we had was online games. Since then I have managed to keep it under control but she has become more and more obsessed, particularly since she got into virtual reality (VR) headsets. Sometimes she will refuse to take the headset off even when we are making love. I can handle that, but I want children and I will be the one going out to work. Will I be able to trust her to not neglect our babies when she is mentally elsewhere?
Wo says: You are not the only one concerned about the practical implications of the addictiveness of the online world. As an aside, if you search for some writing on ‘The Experience Machine by Robert Nozick’ it talks about a future where you may choose to be immersed in a sensory deprivation tank and have pleasurable experiences wired into your brain. An increasing number of people say they would be fine with that for the rest of their lives. As for your wife, I am sure that having a baby will change her enormously, and she will be just fine. Meanwhile technology will allow you to check in regularly from work to see that things are in order.