brainninja11Featured By OwnerDec 6, 2012Student General Artist
I think we are on a rock in the middle of nowhere desperately searching for an inherent purpose in life, when it simply doesn't exist. Life only means what you choose it too. I don't really try to escape reality, I think of philosophy often. The only thing I escape with is art and my friends. And video games.
I like to consider solipsism (only my conscious mind exists) but i do not take it to be true. I escape reality by preoccupying my mind with hobbies. I would say when i am not doing anything i tend to imagine the world does not exist, and that i am alone.
If you're not happy with your surroundings and your situation, it can be liberating and wonderful to dream and "escape reality". I think that's all there is to it. I believe most escapists do it because of their situation in life, rather than reality as a whole being boring/overwhelming/fake/whatever.
The world is real, or at least my perception of it, and when it gets overwhelming I tend to escape in little spurts to keep myself sane through it all. I do so through drawing, reading, watching movies, playing videogames, or just something to destract my mind for a while and give it a chance to reboot.
Reality is just kind of a constant, kinda hard to actually escape it. So I will exploit reality as I need to, and then play computer games and talk to people many miles away and pretend that I have a life :3