Why do so few people use virtual reality?

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The struggle to encourage people to utilize virtual reality Why do so few people use virtual reality?

On the one hand, there has been growth in the global sales of virtual reality headsets, particularly in the year 2021. This year was particularly successful for headset producers, who had their strongest bottom line since 2016, which was the year that it appeared like every big company launched their virtual reality (VR) system.

However, they only managed to sell about 11 million headsets across the world.

It may be difficult to persuade people to use their virtual reality (VR) equipment because only 28 per cent of people who buy a VR headset use it regularly.This can make it difficult to convince people to even use their VR equipment.

The mainstream revolution in virtual reality (VR) has been forecasted for many years but has mostly failed to materialize, as various sceptics of technology have pointed out.

Virtual motions, real discomfort

Virtual reality (VR) hasn’t caught on in a big way for several reasons, such as missed marketing opportunities and hard manufacturing problems.

But it’s possible that most people won’t like the VR experience itself, especially if they don’t use it often.

Even though display technology has seen significant advancements, virtual reality (VR) developers are still working on a solution to the so-called “cybersickness” that their equipment causes in many users. Cybersickness is a sense of nausea that is similar to that caused by motion sickness.

Studies have discovered that physical pain in the neck can also be a barrier that may not be overcome until virtual reality does not require a huge headset. This might mean that the barrier will not be removed until much later. As a result of the headset being created with males in mind, several studies have shown that women report significantly higher levels of discomfort when using them.

But using VR is hard, and the technology is also inherently lonely:

According to studies conducted and taught by Ramona Pringle, a professor of digital technology and researcher, “once you put the headset on, you are removed from the world around you.”

Some people are interested in virtual reality (VR) because technology offers the possibility of an especially effective escape or the ability to virtually engage with other people. But if you want people to willingly put on a headset for several hours at a time, this sensation of separation from other individuals, the detached connection to the real world, and the sense of isolation that results from this can be a significant barrier.

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Posted by Alex Vartmann
Web3 guru, and enjoys sugary liquorice.