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The main purpose of entertainment is relaxation, escape, delay, and avoidance. All of these are important and can be healthy, but escape can also be unhealthy if it is excessive or if you never return to the real world. The main thing to remember is that the world can drag you down, and it’s essential to find a way to rebalance your life by escaping the mundane for a little while.

From late 15c., from French entretenement, a compound of entre- “among” (from Latin inter-) and tenir “to hold” (from the PIE root *ten- “stretch”), to gratify or amuse. A common suffix forming nouns from verb stems (as amazement, betterment, merriment). Also used with ir verbs in English, where the -e- is replaced by -y in forms such as enchantment and elation.