Virtual reality makes it possible for you to experience things that may not be possible in real life, like shooting rockets at a space alien or jumping off to Pluto. There are a lot of advantages to this new tech, apart from entertainment. But the technology comes with its own set of side effects. We will try to identify different side effects you may encounter during or after using VR headset.
This is the catch-all phrase being used in the medical community to describe different side effects of using VR. Its symptoms include motion sickness, feeling dizzy, nausea, twitchy eyes, strained/sore eyes, vertigo and a few more. One in four thousand VR users may also experience seizures. Most of the eye related problems can be resolved by setting up the lenses to meet the user’s eyes and by limiting the VR session to a maximum of 30 minutes at a stretch.
People prone to seasickness can take a Dramamine tablet before VR usage to avoid motion sickness.
Tripping and falling over
VR is an immersive experience and its users do not have a visual or auditory awareness of the outside world. In many cases, they trip over things around them, like a table, a toy or even the couch when they are lost in the VR world. Sometimes this may cause a small injury. But if there are sharp objects around, it could prove to be a dangerous fall. Clear your immediate surrounding area and get rid objects with sharp edges, loose chords and other items. VR proof the area before you start
People prone to a dissociative disorder may experience an existential hangover after playing with VR. According to a report in the Atlantic, they may feel a bit fuzzy or light-headed. People may experience a semi-conscious dream-like state even after taking off their headsets. Some people may even experience a detached state. The effect could last a few minutes or may even stretch to days or weeks depending on a person’s underlying issues. One report in the psychology journal suggests VR may lessen the sense of presence in people who have a dissociative disorder.
Game Transfer Phenomena
The Game Transfer Phenomena were first observed in avid gamers who spend hours every day engrossed in gaming. People could sometimes imagine objects around them in the real world that exists only in the game they were playing. Owing to its immersive experience VR users may also hear sounds from their VR experience in the real world, at times. Excessive using of VR may sometimes confuse the user between the real world and the virtual one.
Some people may become addicted to the VR world and seek it as a sanctuary from the real world where they have little control over what happens around them. Although it looks harmless, this kind of addiction could cause a serious problem in the future.
The long-term effects of VR usage are still being researched. It will take a couple of years before we know the full effects of VR usage. Until that time, follow the safety protocol, limit your games to 30 minutes and enjoy the VR world.