Virtual reality makes me nauseous. But not like the nausea I had after challenging my stomach for another night of eating at Boston College—it’s more like the nausea I had when I sensed impending doom. there is a core”VR . image“Which I’m sure you’re familiar with. It’s of a boy sitting on the beach wearing a VR headset despite it being a beautiful sunny day. I can’t help but hope everyone is as agonized over this photo as I am, that we all admit that we shouldn’t have to be our future.
With that said, I want my wish to be rational. My opinion is probably not supported by reason, but merely an internal reaction and emotional response to seeing such a blatant disrespect for the beauty of the outdoors. After research, my contempt was validated, but it also wasn’t.
My opinion certainly stems from my own experience with nature. I’m not sure if many people share a similar experience, but based on my childhood, I firmly believe that there is more to the outside than the visual and auditory aspects. I personally have spent quite a bit of time eating dirt, sand, and leaves (which is totally discouraged).
In all seriousness, nature is filled with scents and other living things and tactile encounters that are an integral part of it The complete outdoor experience. If I were to ask you to think of the smell of rain on the sidewalk or the smell of a pine tree in winter, I’m sure you can already conjure up not only the subtle scent but also some of the memories you associate with it. Just think about chasing butterflies or trying to get close enough to the rabbit to pet them. Think of the feeling of dirt under your fingernails or even the tickling of the grass on the soles of your feet.
My point is that these things cannot be replicated with a VR screen, no matter how good the definition is.
However, virtual reality already has its redeeming qualities, sort of. I am willing to concede some points on behalf of virtual reality on the grounds that it can be beneficial not only to human health, but also to environmental health.
Nature is known to impart many health benefits to humans just by being outside. She is not only beautiful, she is restorative. This restorative side has a lot health The effects, including reduced cognitive fatigue, reduced stress, and increased focus. more studies They discovered that nature leads to lower death rates, better mental health, and increased fertility.
these Benefits It is exacerbated by individuals who experience massive amounts of stress and emotional stress in their daily lives. This is great news and provides an incentive for people to venture outside and also take care of their natural spaces. But what about people who do not have access to natural spaces or who have disabilities Mobility?
This is where I see a suitable space to fill virtual reality. Most importantly, some of the benefits of the outdoors are already Transfer With normal VR screens, I think you can eat some grass and dirt on the side to make up for the lack of VR. Virtual reality technology displays natural scenes, if combined with other therapies such as meditation fixn To obtain long-term health benefits similar to those of an actual nature. Furthermore, chemotherapy patients have mentioned Reduce pain and anxiety when viewing landscapes via virtual reality during treatment. despite The real world Nature remains superior in its benefits, virtual reality provides a way to connect with nature even though people are unable to access the outdoors for any reason.
Environmental health can be too Promotion Through this nature virtual reality is presented indirectly through psychology. By offering beautiful outdoor views that most people don’t interact with on a daily basis, VR Provokes Environmentally conscious behaviors by nurturing the relationship between humanity and nature. One study found that virtual reality can be effective As true nature promotes “green” behaviors.
Moreover, Ando Shah – co-founder of Ballast VR, a company that produces virtual reality technology – asserts that virtual reality should be a step pebble In actual nature experiments. For example, people who experience Yellowstone National Park via virtual reality are likely to want to go visit Real. Shah believes that forming these neural connections with nature through virtual reality will lead to more kindness For nature and ultimately incitement to action to combat climate change.
Shah’s intentions behind VR are perfectly consistent with my hopes for it. Stirring up the outdoors and encouraging real exploration are two noble goals of virtual reality. I can only hope these are the real implementations.
In the meantime, I won’t be personally involved in VR, but this is out of my personal fears of relegating to a miserable society rather than my ignorance of its combined environmental and health benefits. These environmental and health benefits are obvious, as we have seen in this literature review of the kind that I conducted with the original intent of a pejorative justification. I kind of revealed my fear in discovering that there are uses for virtual reality that won’t cause our society to fall apart, but that in fact, perhaps, will contribute to its success in terms of fighting our current environmental crisis.
But, since I am currently mobile and have access to outdoor spaces, I will continue to choose real nature over virtual nature. Most of my remaining skepticism is with human tendencies to corrupt technological progress in a way that goes against our well-being (social media comes to mind) rather than my lack of belief in technology itself. All that said, if you happen to come across me in the near future at the beach wearing a VR headset, I give you full permission to throw in the ocean and force-feed me sand.