500 to 700 years ago, the entire media exposure for the common person in the western world consisted of the Bible.

Mathematically, you might define that exposure to at most, 1/7th of the waking week.

Of course the primacy of the Church and the lack of any other media made the Bible loom very large in the life of a person living in that time, but the point remains that the temporal (real) world took up most of a being’s sensory input.

Today, people spend more and more time in front of a screen. It’s probably not an exaggeration to say that mediated time spent awake may approach 1/2 or even more of a person’s week.

And, the emergence of Virtual Reality, still in its’ infancy, may increase that fraction even higher.

Ultimately, the concept of ‘the Convergence,’ where technology (read media) and biological life become indistinguishable from one another, may even come to pass.

At that point, maybe it will only be during ‘bathroom breaks’ that biological citizens experience the world unmediated.

What will it all mean for the future of Humankind?

That question is almost entirely unanswerable. But it’s one worth pondering.