Three out of 10 adults in the United States say they have used a dating app to meet someone, with the largest share of people online being between the ages of 18 and 29. The tech world is constantly looking to improve the dating experience, however, with virtual reality playing an important role in bringing a “Ready Player One” style vibe to those first moments of contact. Imagine chatting with someone for the first time dressed in anime-style clothes, choosing a beautiful garden and sunny blue sky as your backdrop. There’s something infinitely more creative, inspiring and imaginative when virtual reality enters the dating experience, especially if technology is an important part of your daily experience.
Virtual reality and meaningful connections
The idea of connecting with new people in a virtual world is not new. Games like World of Warcraft and Second Life have long allowed people to make meaningful connections that are often brought into the real world. It wasn’t long before online app developers realized that the ability to participate in virtual activities like dancing with someone and giving them a hug could add warmth and artistry to what otherwise might be an ordinary experience. Developers like Flirtual (a non-VR app that matches VR users according to their interests) offer users the option to meet up in VR if they wish. Instead of uploading real images, however, users use avatars of themselves, along with creative nicknames, while telling others a bit about themselves in their “cards.” It might seem a bit risky to invest time in someone you literally have no idea about (in terms of looks), but some users prefer to focus on interests and personality as a way to establish compatibility. initial.
Match virtual reality experiences to real life
VR worlds can be incredibly exciting, lively and colorful, but that doesn’t stop users from meeting in real life. Those wishing to transfer the magic of their imagination into reality can choose from a multitude of unique activities for couples like stargazing, enjoying a race car driving experience or going to an adventure park. Couples should ideally aim to engage in “self-expanding” activities; those that promote greater awareness and an expanded sense of self or deeper knowledge of the world. Studies have shown that couples who participate in these activities feel a greater sense of romance and desire, similar to what you might feel when you first shake hands in a virtual reality world.
Meet someone fast
As stated by Maria Sullivan from The Dating Group (which runs about 30 online dating sites), the only downside to virtual reality dating is that some users may feel isolated in a relationship that may never materialize. The online world is indeed full of Catfish and others who are not honest with their identities or intentions. To prevent this from happening, users can aim to meet their VR “crushes” quickly, in a safe public place. This will immediately reveal whether or not the virtual and the real are the same thing when it comes to love.
Sites like Flirtual appeal to daters who want to slowly dive into dating. Virtual reality is second nature to Gen-Z and older users for whom technology is vital on a daily basis. The use of VR sites does not mean that users do not meet; in fact, for those seriously interested in finding someone, meeting in person as soon as possible is a surefire way to filter out “catfish.”