I think it's really more of a conformity thing than anything else. People who work and support themselves will still get criticized for being too removed from reality or "weird" based on their interests.
The truth, of course, is that by that definition almost everyone in the world is an escapist. Men who get lost in their fantasy football teams, women who read supermarket romance novels, people who go to bars every day after work, people who go to church every Sunday to hear about what will happen to them after they die. Everyone wishes they were someone or somewhere else. The only difference is, all of the above things are "normal", while most of the things people like us are interested in are "weird". Normals are hypocrites who want to deny the truth about themselves while accusing people who they perceive as different. It's nothing new at all.