So tell me, do you escape reality? How do you do it? What is it that you’re addicted to, that takes you to your own little fantasy world, and makes you feel home there?! The human mind, instead of dealing with problems, likes to pretend they don’t exist. We start looking out for ways that would make us forget the reality, relieve us from the stress that problem’s been causing us. Alcohol, drugs, keeping busy on networking sites and the Internet, sleeping excessively, etc., are some of the common ways to avoid reality. For the time being, they do uplift us―giving a pleasurable sensation of being aloof of the problem―making us forget the pain. But the bad news is, that’s all temporary. ‘Cause when you wake up after a really long sleep, when you have to face your boss after bunking office for a week, when you shutdown your PC, when the effect of your temptations get thinned and all you’re left with is the hangover, you’ll see your problem sitting right there in front of you!
At the end of the day, you still suffer and feel like you’re trapped in a hole. It’s like an ostrich which buries its head in the sand at the sight of danger―as if turning your head away and pretending everything is okay, will make it okay. But that doesn’t happen. The pleasant feeling diminishes. The problem stays. And in fact, might have grown worse.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines escapism as, “habitual diversion of the mind to purely imaginative activity or entertainment as an escape from reality or routine.” It is the avoidance of reality by engaging self in entertainment, or living in an imaginative world where one can feel safe. It is important to understand that not all escapism is bad. There are stages of escapism―from using it as a rejuvenation technique to getting obsessed with it.