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Can you identify this story?

An old friend writes:

"I remember a short story (but not the title or the author) I read many years ago, in which a man travelled into the future; was surprised, when he arrived, to see the streets mostly deserted and the roads and buildings uncared-for; is picked up by men in white coats who think there's something wrong with him for just wandering around; and learns that in this future world the only goal of humanity is to get themselves permanently wired up to a virtual reality device in which they can live out their favourite fantasies."

Does that ring any bells for anyone?

<b>Edited to add:</b> The story has now been identified as <a href="http://thetrapofsolidgold.blogspot.be/2011/09/spectator-sport.html">"Spectator Sport</a>, by John A. MacDonald</a>.

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steepholm
Dec. 31st, 2016 07:19 pm (UTC)
Not a short story, and it's a boy rather than a man, but the premise sounds a bit like Patrick Ness's More than This (2013).
kalimac
Dec. 31st, 2016 07:54 pm (UTC)
It sounds like "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury to me.
matgb
Jan. 1st, 2017 04:31 am (UTC)
I am certain I have read such a story in the past but it's not in either of the classic short collections I still have from childhood after my many moves. I'd be interested to know though.
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