Jack Wilmot, the co-founder of Disrupt VR recently spent an entire week in Virtual Reality to test whether living solely in virtual reality is a possibility for people in the future. Initially, Jack struggled with simple tasks, such as grabbing his coffee from the table and eating food; however, after the first day Jack settled into a routine and became more comfortable with his surroundings. This technology still needs improvements, but the applications and possibilities are endless. One of the applications allowed Jack to shift his environment to anywhere around the world; whether he was working out, reading a book, or just answering emails, Jack can always be in his ideal space. Additionally, there are applications that allow you to share these experiences with people from all around the world. One of the biggest misconceptions of VR technology is that some think it will cause people to become antisocial; although, Jack found that there are endless opportunities for interacting with others. Jack took group fitness classes, played games with people, went to movie screening parties and much more. Another unique aspect of socializing in VR is the culture exchange and the opportunities for people to learn about other’s culture and connect with people they’d normally never get the chance too. It breaks down barriers too because there is relative anonymity in VR and this takes out a lot of social anxiety people may normally have. These experiences are much different than simply playing on your regular Xbox or play station because in VR it feels like everything in front of you is real, including the people you interact with online.
After an entire week of being inside virtual reality, Jack found it to be surprisingly productive and insightful. He stuck to a routine and made sure to maintain his health through a variety of fitness applications. In any moments he felt discomfort, Jack was able to quickly shift his space to a calming landscape that always helped him ease his mind. The things he did miss though were nature and he found himself playing more nature related games to cope with this need. He experienced no side effects that we know of,some initial dizziness and adjustments,but Jack is fit and in good health. He noted that virtual reality as it stands now is still no comparison to the smells and sensations of the real world; however, as technology keeps improving this gap get smaller.
Do you think this is how some people in the future will choose to live? Do you think this is a healthy lifestyle? How do you think you would feel interacting with people virtually rather than in person? Would you like it better or worse? Do you think this technology will be leveraged by companies in a negative way?