The idea virtual reality is an isolating experience and thus won’t scale to the masses without a multi-user winning application, always puzzles me. There are plenty of challenges, yes. Indeed, it’s a tall order to ask someone to strap on an awkward chunk of plastic over their eyes. And if they do it, there’s gotta be a serious reward. Lots of brilliant people around the world are working on that part right now, as I write.
As for isolating. Yes and No. No matter what gadgets or technologies come to bear there are many things that humans like to do alone or better yet can really only do alone, like:
I could go on, but I won’t. You get the drift. Many centuries and many gadgets later, we are reading more books than ever. I bet nothing in the world, at least in my lifetime, is going to change that. Virtual reality will find a place as it’s singular purpose is realized. I’m beting on that too.