The Virtual and the Dead

"Virtual vs. Dead" Interest Chart

Of respondants surveyed, more than 90% found that dead people were more interesting than virtual ones. Dead people found interesting included William Shakespeare, Sir Thomas More and Mad Men's Jessica Pare (particularly in Hot Tub Time Machine). Virtual people that respondents found interesting included their mother, their girl/boyfriend from High School and, to quote one, "some weird dude I have no idea who it is but they just appeared one day on my wall." Those surveyed also were able to name an average of 11 dead people in which they maintained ongoing interest, both famous and known only on a personal basis, while most struggled to name more than two virtual people who engaged their consistent attention. (Information courtesy of the National Association for Serious Studies®. All Data Proprietary.) 

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