Thanks for the response! I agree that initially most virtual experiences will be standalone, but as time goes on I see there being a seamless way of moving between VR experiences — essentially functioning like a Metaverse. I guess I use Metaverse a little more functionally than the traditional monolithic universes presented in Snow Crash or Ready Player One. I see it as more of a stand-in word for the VR version of the Internet: a collection of all the VR experiences connected together in a way that makes it easy to transfer from one to the other.
Very true that TV functions the same way today, but much of the research around VR shows that VR is far more powerful at influencing our subconscious behavior. Same goes for VR causing desensitization and causing traumatic events. Basically, because you’re immersed in the experience and it feels so much realer than watching it on a screen, it affects our perception of the world in profound ways. If you want to learn more, I highly recommend Infinite Reality. Mind blowing book on the psychology of virtual reality.