From VNUNet:

More than a third of Americans believe that the virtual worlds they visit online are as important as their dealings in the real world, according to a study.

Forty-three per cent of internet users who are members of online communities say they “feel as strongly” about their virtual community as they do about their real world communities, according to research conducted by the USC-Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future.

I think it’s a case of what you get used to. I remembers surveys from the ’80s where people said they would never ever use a computer at home. I think I might’ve been one of ’em …