To bring up another point, I think people are becoming way too addicted to mmorpgs, or massive multi-player online role playing games, such as World of Warcraft. And, by the way, religion isn't a fantasy life, it is actually part of our real lives, just so you know.
And for celebrity following and cravings to be wealthy, people aren't being lazy, they just want a change from their seemingly mundane lives. Change excites people, and often, we do not realize how much we have, so we do not know what it is like to be without it. When we finally lose these things, the world finally becomes more real. Do you think the people in Joplin Missouri are living fantasy lives? Or what about New Orleans, after Katrina? I don't think so.
I do not live in a fantasy life, I follow God, but to me, God is true, and a fact of life. I'm not saying that goes for everybody else, but to me, he is. I know what is true, what is real, who I love, and I do not take anything for granted. I live every day like it is my last, from one day to the next, because after all, we do not know how long we have.