Is VR the Future of New Social Media?

Revolutionary blogs like myspace paved the way for connecting and created the way social media is today. The 2000s seem to feel like nostalgia now though not in a hardcore 70s-80s, having a decade where internet has been leaping bounds in technological advancements: webcams were revolutionary when it was the first breakthrough, many variants were released in the mass market, soon after this feature was integrated in laptops as well as live video chat on social media accounts.

With the rise of VR (virtual reality) technology, its wide use in games and now in documentaries pretty much tells where it’s heading in the next ten years. It’s only a matter of time before developers find out.

VR technology has created custom visual spaces that show it’s possible to integrate with elements of video/webcam chat. In 2017, a game called VRChat was launched early in Steam and gained popularity for its social media-like features where players get to have their own avatar who can converse with or without VR headset.

The game has an MMO set up where users are in an open world and can explore as much as they can and belong into certain communities. Looking at how online gaming and MMO aloe has shape VR visuals, chat along with video call.

With VR’s ability to create simulated visuals, it can definitely change the way how we look at marketing social media pages, just imagine a skin care product brand, set your VR, and it would look like as if you’re entering in a physical store.

Other VR apps such as High Fidelity VR takes a more intimate and interactive approach that allows users to create mini-games that you can play and share with your friends. On regards to mini games, users can create shapes and build your own environment that players can make as their own.

When it comes to scale, ALTSpaceVR caters thousands of users that caught the attention of high-profile names such as Drew Carey and Al Roker held their concerts in a VR space in 40,000 audience users that is unimaginable and yet it shows what a VR can do, it simulates the experience and shapes a social space that is more than just a friendly meetup, also this concert shows promise to people don’t actually need to spend a lot of cash in plane fare tickets along with accommodation tickets, not to mention board and lodging expenses. Sure, some people can afford and hardcore ones are willing to go an extra mile but imagine planning and stuff can be absolutely tedious.

What makes VR promising in social media spaces is that its visuals make you feel the users’ presence in their desired spaces – it’s intimate, it feels like you’re in there and within that reality, VR gives that sense of freedom that is as close you can be in the real world, maybe in a few years time, with all the technology shows that chats allow you have a projection on your contact’s space, like you’re actually there, interacting.

Why it’s easy to use social media

Social media is easy to use because of a handful of reasons: there are often user guides or tutorials plus help or support links to name a few. Share and write post buttons are visible in the page that it’s not hard to find them. Sure, it can be confusing, and it takes time to get the hang of it.

That being said, let’s list down the features and tools to look out that has been frequently used, from there you’ll be able to familiarize.

  1. Create a post

Usually present on topmost center, creating a post is visible, with one tap you can easily write something and click share absolutely helps, some have bundles like GIF, photo/video and poll attached for your own convenience.

The thing with creating a post is it becomes the only feature that you will be needing especially both ends display groups, and a button to view your profile.

  1. Notifications

Having your friends like, react and share your post make you feel closer than ever even in internet space, having notifications inform your friend or an acquaintance, the downside of notifications is that they tend to pile up especially if you belong to a number of groups and friends who are constantly interacting and sharing posts, the likes and reactions can be tiresome especially having to follow it.

Though the great thing about keeping tabs on notifs is that you basically get an understanding what why social media is easy to learn, keeping tabs on notifs teaches you how to interact, and clicking every single one directs you to a thread.

  1. Customizing Your Profile

While there are a lot of things you will have to fill up like your age, setting a profile photo can be quite a task but you have to remember you’re on social media, people get to know you and at the same time, you got to have a fine line on going onto your personal detail especially your address, including your mobile number, on the other hand, can be tricky since some social media platforms can be vulnerable for potential data breach and other risks.

  1. Getting in the details

Over time, you’ll get to find the value of using social media despite of its glaring obsession  effects, spending a considerate amount of time gets you the hang of it, putting, adding information on your profile and in no time, you’ll be able to understand to use social media and it’s not that hard though the challenge of social media is staying on it for hours, some even last half a day, glued in their cellphones that the downside is that it lessens productivity and interacting to people in person.

FINAL THOUGHTS

It’s easy to use social media because it’s designed for accessibility, anyone learns and uses social media, that’s why media outlets and fake news rely on the platforms because of its accessibility – and it’s free. The easy use of social media says a lot of the authentic aspect of our social lives that we must put in check.