I fucking hate World of Warcraft
I've been there before. I used online games as a substitute for real life, mainly because it was simpler than real life and had fewer real connections, while still feeling like you were connecting with people a bit. It's the new religion; WoW is the new opiate of the masses. It gives you just enough to feel like you are living life, without any of the actual issues of life. It's like corn syrup, simple, an imitation, and bad for you in the long run. At the end of a long session of WoW, what have you really accomplished? You still have bills to pay, people are still starving all over the world, your family and friends still want to talk to you, the dog still needs to go out, you still need to eat, you still have to study, you still need to shower, eat dinner, and sleep...In the end, you've done absolutely nothing but spend money and lose some of what little precious time you have on this Earth.
Don't get me wrong, some people play it exactly how it should be played, as a game or leisure activity. People need leisure activities, and WoW can be a good one. However, many people don't understand exactly what it is they are doing; they don't think of it as a brief respite, used to unwind for a bit before getting back to real life. For many, it's an important part of their life, while not actually being a part of life. Sure, if you play a little bit at a time, maybe get together with some friends for a few hours to chat and do something while chatting, that is great. But if you are passing up time with friends for the chance to get more gold or that new tier 3 breastplate, you need to really think about what is going on.
And don't go getting all defensive. I'm not targeting anyone in particular, but the entire phenomenon. You, the reader, are surely one of the innocent WoW gamers that uses it merely as an outlet and leisure activity without letting it dominate too much of your life. Of course, this whole situation is just a current and consistent exemplification of what I view as people in general wanting to avoid real life and dealing with what really matters, searching for something to waste time on and take their mind off things that they should be thinking about but would rather not.
Sorry, I'll stop ranting now :)