Virtual reality distorts your perception of time

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While doing anything, have you ever lost track of time? With a virtual reality headset on, things get even worse.
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While engaged in something, time flies past. For those that play video games, this is a regular occurrence. Gamers are taken aback by how quickly the time has passed since they last checked the time.
Time compression is the name given to this phenomenon. People who use virtual reality have an even greater impact on the results of the research.
Oculus Rift VR headsets were provided to all participants who received academic credit for their involvement in the study. Simple maze-solving was the goal of the game. Tilting a labyrinth (like the one seen above) let players transport a ball to the gold block. The level would reset if the ball was steered into a hole. They were instructed to cease playing when they thought five minutes had gone. Observers in the adjoining room kept track of how long it took.

To replicate the experiment, players were asked whether they could switch to a second device after playing on the first.

The research began with 41 participants, but two of them had to be eliminated since their estimations were so outlandish that they couldn’t be included. Is it possible that these two people entered a wormhole of their own making? It took the headset players an average of 327.4 seconds to estimate that five minutes had passed, whereas those playing on a monitor guessed that five minutes had passed after 254.8 seconds.

Intriguingly, this time compression only happened when participants initially used the VR headgear while playing the game. People who utilized the monitor first may have been better able to gauge the duration of time because they had already played the game on a standard screen.

What is the reason for time compression? Being completely absorbed in a virtual reality (VR) environment may prevent people from noticing their own bodies. People in a virtual reality environment tend to lack bodily awareness, which is connected to proper time perception. As a result, their sense of time is distorted.

As virtual reality (VR) grows increasingly popular, the results of the researchers have crucial implications for gamers.

As head-mounted displays grow increasingly comfortable to wear for lengthy periods of time, VR users may accidentally spend an inordinate amount of time playing games.” There is a risk of addiction even in non-immersive games, which has been linked to depression and sleeplessness (Kuss & Griffiths, 2012). A lack of awareness of the passage of time in virtual reality (VR) games may have a detrimental effect on their users’ sleep cycles, emotions, and health. Clocks should always be available, and potentially even show automatically at regular intervals, to avoid creating virtual ‘casinos’

Virtual reality headsets have been shown to reduce the amount of time it takes for chemotherapy patients to complete their treatment sessions, according to a new study. Virtual reality has been shown to be an effective painkiller through the power of distraction, according to other studies.

Virtual reality will no longer be the exclusive domain of video game enthusiasts. It might have a significant impact on patient care and medicine.

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