We have a new drug that is on the brink of radical acceptance. This drug will be legal for all ages and will spread so rapidly the entire world may miss the absorption into our society in the blink of an eye. I fear that the drug of the future will be Virtual Reality. Ultimately, people will be addicted to habits they don’t truly have.
So you’re going to have to follow me on some of this. Your brain is easily the most complex machine that exists in the known universe. It takes in a wild amount of stimuli in a second and can decipher complicated information in a moment that even a computer is still unable to do.
There’s also a reasonable concern, and for this part you’ll have to humor me by at least opening your mind to the thought of evolution. Our brains are already over stimulated by screens. Screens came out of nowhere from an evolutionary point of view. There was no gradual rise. One day they didn’t exist, the next thing we know, they’re everywhere we look. Try finding a mainstream restaurant without a flock of T.V.’s. You can’t. We still don’t know the long term implications this has on the brain of a child which is overstimulated daily by bright screens. Our brain is not prepared to make such changes in a short amount of time. That type of evolutionary catch up can take generations, and all of a sudden we are going to start implanting experiences that our brain has no safeguard against to help decipher what is real and what is not.
Ask yourself this: Have you ever felt panic in a dream? Did you ever wake up in a sweat with deep breathes coming from your chest? That’s because whatever was happening inside of your dreams was so real to your brain that it caused this type of bodily reaction, showing that in the moment it’s almost impossible for our bodies to distinguish between reality and dreams, and that’s even more alarming because we have been dreaming for at least a few generations.
Now we are going to introduce a tool which is not only visually stimulating, but is also confusing to our brain. I know people who claim to be fluent in languages they can barely speak. We naturally like to say that we’re capable of things we don’t have a clue about. Sometimes it’s even done harmlessly. I have been to Colombia, and I proudly say it to Colombians that I meet in day to day interactions. They don’t know that I’ve only been to two of the seven regions of their country. It would be like only seeing the SouthWest and claiming you understand America.
Would you even be considered a liar if you say that you used to ride a motorcycle? How long at 5 hours a day would you have to do this until your brain can’t tell the difference?
If you feel something will it make it real ? We all have a vice. What if pretending is the next vice ?
Think about how porn has distorted the true expectations of sex. Its undeniable that a mans view of a woman has been altered by the online porn industry, so how could the same not happen to our experiences if they’re altered by fake experiences.
While I fully understand some of the awesome possibilities with VR, perhaps seeing the inside of a volcano, exploring the surface of the moon, etc. I still find myself reluctant to ever put on another helmet that brings me into a fake world.
In a day where video games, reality t.v., and sports lock people inside their homes half of the year, with the other half spent looking down at their phones, I would highly suggest not taking part in this new drug.