Not only this, but it takes quite a few seconds for them to “come to,” acknowledge their surroundings, even understand where and who they are. Such is the power of immersion. They ARE gone. Utterly and completely. That is why it’s so addictive. Like an opiate, it takes people right out of reality. Perfect escape. Where you and I and everyone else feel as though we can get away with being perfect assholes without any repercussions. Take out our revenge fantasies on the world for not making us happy. Research now shows that aggression provides the same stimulus as drugs and exercise. That’s terrifying. No wonder people do what they do online. Being a one-person vigilante is seductive, feels good, and makes us high in its own ugly way.

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