Will socializing in virtual space affect how we relate to each other?
For decades, the popular imagination has yearned for a way to be magically transported into another time and space.
Now that time is here with Virtual Reality.
Not only will it be a place for you to experience your own personal paradise or action-adventure, but also a place to socialize with friends, family, and the human race in general.
How will virtual reality affect the relationships we have with each other?
Sure, socializing in a virtual space with body language and your natural voice is an upgrade from 140-character tweets. Or will we just end up more isolated?
Besides, why meet your friends at the local pizza joint when you can just put on your headset and see each other in a virtual cafe in Paris?
Why are we so obsessed with re-creating reality anyway?
How Do Everyday People Use Virtual Reality?
Right now, the big boys of virtual reality hardware are Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Once you have your headset, you can choose from several of the most popular virtual socialization games.
The two most popular being vTime and Bigscreen. Both allow you to real-time chat and socialize with other virtual users in different virtual envirnoments. With Bigscreen, you are able to have verbal conversations with a group of up to four people.
Will virtual socializing help or hurt us?
The jury is still out on this one.
Although there are 171 million virtual reality users in 2018, virtual reality has still not hit enough of a critical mass to be considered mainstream.
Because of that, it is still too soon to say how virtual socialization will affect the fundamental social fabric of our lives. We are still at the stage where a friend inviting you to try their virtual reality headset is seen as a surprising, novel treat.
Online Privacy And Virtual Socialization
The downside of virtual socialization is the risk against users online privacy.
Our personal lives are already hugely vulnerable without socializing in full-body avatars in a digital universe.
Given the frequent, accidental data hacks of many companies and exploitative datamining techniques of the most popular social network, Facebook, it would be naive to think user content will be safe with social VR platforms.
Word Up: Virtual Content Lifestyle
With virtual reality, comes a completely new kind of user-generated content.
To have a fully empowered virtual life, means being the master of your online content.
We believe in all people living the Content Lifestyle – a way of life where you receive the value of your online content.
Mass virtual socialization is still a ways away in the future, but you can sign up for a Swomi Flyer now to begin living the Content lifestyle.