Technology can be very luring. It can give conflict to the brain as to what is real and what is virtual. A simple technology can give a big impact to its holder. In reality, no one is surprised if a laptop can produce a magical video or a smartphone can refigured one’s face. This is really true in case of virtual reality. There are rising trend as whether the technology can be a substitute to actual reality.
Let us first define what virtual reality is. A virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation that projects imaginary environment as real. It is the most immersing type of technology as it stimulates and convinces the brain that the virtual environment is something real. It is meant to substitute the reality.
Virtual reality has many advantages. For instance, a person who cannot afford to go to a far place can experience being in the place through it. People can now virtually go to any places they wish of going to without costing them too much money. This technology is also helpful for militaries in training because they can practice in an environment which is simulated to be like in real military environment or combat. Since virtual reality also involves physical movement, it can be a great exercising tool and great booster to those who do not like to go to gyms. Watching 3D movies with 3D glasses is more entertaining and engaging than when watching in a regular screen as well.
As to whether it can be a substitute to “real reality”, let us take a look at its disadvantages. When a person consumes a lot of virtual reality, he loses his interest in the actual reality. Since it convinces the brain that the simulation is something real, it can risk the physical and psychological state of a person who is spending too much on it. There are instances that people wanted to believe in what they are seeing on VR screens that once they removed the device, they will get upset because what they thought they experienced is real. So instead of thinking that virtual reality is something that is not real, our minds are directed to think that virtual reality should be the real reality and not the real reality.
It can be used for entertainment and educational purposes, but it can never be a substitute to what is reality. For instance, students may visit a museum or a park without actually going in a museum or a park. They can experience outer space without actually going out of space. They can dive deep down the ocean without actually getting in a scuba suit and an oxygen tank. And as for entertainment, people can experience how it feels like to ride in a luxurious car or high-end rocket engines. They can experience the drama and the thrill that the movie wants them to experience. It can really be very beneficial for people who would like to experience what they knew they can’t really afford to experience.
But then again, there is a clear line between a “real reality” to a “virtual reality”. It is still healthier to walk on a real path, talk to real people, explore places and touch actual things. These are the things that virtual reality cannot give. So, in many aspects, virtual reality cannot be a substitute to reality.