So I saw mention in a few of the sub topics of social interaction in VR and figured I would make a topic about it. Some of my questions on the matter are as follows:
- How do you think social interaction will change with the implementation (and adaptation) of FD technology
- In what ways will this tech potentially improve or worsen peoples' current social interaction skills both in and out of VR
- In what ways would the FDVR tech allow for social interaction, meaning what are some of the mediums you believe would be added for this purpose
- Can/ should social media be adapted for use in this tech, and if so, would it add another possibility for addiction to the tech given society's current addiction to social media
We know for a fact that this kind of technology would change the way we interact with one another. I feel as though it would give us a greater sense of presence when speaking to someone rather than current social media, which is either just by voice or just by text. Even in comparison to something such as skype which allows visual interaction, it is still easier for most people to do this than to speak face to face. With FD tech, it would make it to where you are either more anonymous than skype, utilizing an avatar for appearance but are still actually there to interact (like the chat rooms shown in some of the episodes in the anime Psycho-Pass), or you could use your actual appearance as your avatar (like in the anime Ghost in the Shell), all of this just being in chat rooms mind you. I think us speaking this way could begin to break down the fear of speaking face to face because it forces us to actually respond to situations that arise. Sure they could just log out, but the confrontation itself, I feel, is beneficial, as most people now just hide behind a name, accost people and leave without so much as batting an eyelash. We have to wonder if physically being in the conversation (not as in physical body, but in terms of presence) will curb potential bullying, not change it at all, or make it worse, and will this medium assist in rehabilitating those who find human to human interaction in the real world difficult.
Touching on the social media point, personally I don't think it should be adapted, but I know there are certain things that would be alright. I just think that while allowing us to connect more, social media itself became the focus rather than the interactions it brings which warped our concept of what interaction is. The only social media I use personally is Instagram, and I only follow people I know or have met, and photography/ art/ quote accounts. I still prefer to see and be with my friends as opposed to just throwing text, pictures or videos at them. But what do you guys think? Should social media be used? And if so, how could we improve it for this medium to make it more than just a vanity and ego exhibition?