So how is everyone keeping?
Does going out for essentials and exercise remind you of the foraging scenes from The Walking Dead?
Have you ordered a ton of books, albums, music? Signed up for new streaming services? Turned to the internet for solace?
Most of us have. Netflix broke after all.
But maybe you have discovered the use of a virtual environment?
I have been a regular member of a user created VR platform for ten years now and if you are considering joining for the first time here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Virtual environments are addictive and three times more hours than you think you have spent in it will pass. So please restrict your usage or spread it out over your day to remain healthy.
2. Lots of them offer free basic accounts. Mine has seen a big rise in new sign ups and for nothing you can explore pretty much everything there is.
3. An income can be made. My ex partner’s full time job is conducted through virtual environment. As are many of the friends I have made.
4. Friendships. It is really quite amazing to be able to log on and have people ready and willing to talk at anytime of the day or night, (people in different timezones) if you can’t go out or see anyone yourself just a simple interaction even digitally can help to stay connected and social.
5. Experiences. I am able to sit and watch the sun set and rise over the sea. I don’t live near the sea in real life and so anytime I want to go and do that I can go and do that. Lockdown safe. I also own a rather large mansion, drive a car, fly a plane, regular visit Jules Verne’s under the sea hideout, run a shop and this is just the tip of it. Imagine being an interactive character in your favourite book or film that anyone around the world can also join in real time.
6. Creativity. In my virtual environment I can build whatever I want and buy whatever I want. I can also be whoever I want or whatever I want. For example I had a conversation with two lizards on a picnic bench recently. The fun and the fantasy element can be quite endearing although the major draw for many is realism. Virtual environments will blow you away by how much like real life they are.
7. The newbie to virtual environments can find themselves with a bit of a steep learning curve with regards to movement and navigation but it is worth sticking with because once fluent in it the fun begins.
8. Because of this freedom you might encounter the good, the bad and the downright ugly. There are many places in the virtual life that are safe, fun and general content rated for everyone. And then there is the adult content. So please make sure you have the content rating settings switched to your preference.
9. Shopping! All non essential shops are closed in our country now as in many other countries. But in my virtual environment I can shop 24/7 – and the items are available instantly. This does not make up for a physical product but it can spark off that dopamine and substitute cravings for real online shopping that is non essential such as fashion or luxury items. Careful once again as shopping is addictive!
10. It is not a game. Usually with virtual environments there is no goal or reward. It is about exploration and content creation. If that sounds like your thing and you have read every book in the house, watched the last of your box sets and looking for something interactive and social – give it a try. Search up some platforms and see where it leads you. But remember point 1 🙂