Are you afraid from Virtual Reality in your social life?
When I saw this picture like everyone in tech world, I felt excited.
About the picture, everyone quoted his best reference like 1984, Wall-E, Matrix, Metropolis and so on…
Then I heard the Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote at Mobile World Congress 2016 and I started to be afraid. Especially about to put virtual reality in our social life.
Mark gave some examples of what is the capabilities of this technology in the future and what will be the next VR social platform.
Imagine being able to sit in front of a campfire and hang out with friends anytime you want, imagine being able to watch a movie in a private theater with your friends anytime you want, imagine having a group meeting or event anywhere in the world that you want.
In brief, imagine how much you’ll be social connected and in reality you’ll be so alone.
The well named technology is saying everything : Virtual Reality. A reality where you won’t be with your friends in front of a campfire, a reality where you won’t be with friends watching a movie and finally a reality you live from your couch. A reality that is not real.
The concept of to be “so alone when you are more connected than ever” started with social networks.
Everyone thinks he’s important because his post/tweet got hundred likes/loves and some shares/retweets.
But the real power in the real life comes when you meet people. To share moments with persons you love or new guys you learn to know.
The power is to manage your time, not to lose it.
Manage your time to be more with people you care in real life.
The picture above is very beautiful, impressive and powerful but it reminds me a movie I liked when I was kid : The wonderful wizard of Oz.
The Wizard made believe he was all powerful and could given all that’s missing to make people happy but it will bring them nothing.
At the end, the issues of Dorothy, the scarecrow, the tin woodman and the cowardly lion are solved only by themselves, along their journey when they are physically together.
Understand me well, i’m not saying this technology won’t be great for lots of things but I’m not sure that will help to reach the social network’s goal “to connect” everyone on Earth.
A study of the American Sociological review says Americans are far more socially isolated today than they were two decades ago, and a sharply growing number of people say they have no one in whom they can confide, according to a comprehensive new evaluation of the decline of social ties in the United States.
Human being needs to feel special, and in a certain way social networks succeeded to reach this aim through like and shares. But it’s more and more harder to feel someone when you feel as a number into 1.5 billiard people connected virtually. You have more chance to be someone into a little group. Your close group of friends, your class, your work department, your family. And that’s already great because it’s a true and real group.
And you, are you afraid from VR into your social life?