I spent hundreds of hours working in VR. Here is what I learned

I spent hundreds of hours working in VR Here is

Out of the various environments in which I could enter, I am still involved in the orbit of the universe. Left, Milk Trail; high on the horizon, the moon reveals the white fire it stole from the sun; on the right, the lights of the Southeast Asian city burn only for me; and right in front of me, an email informing me that I need to change and re - submit the billing codes on my timeline as soon as possible. The slowly spinning world showcases all the places I could have explored and experienced if I had not been here alone.

I start asking, am I going to go crazy on this spaceship? I asked Monideepa Tarafdar, a professor at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, about the pressures of using technology, starting with working from home in general. "You're a bit lonely, and technology is the only thing you interact with. And everything gets bigger. All the technical problems get bigger than they are for him. Really, "she said. "And now you want to add more truth to that."

In a research paper, Tarafdar is careful to differentiate affliction, which is the stress that makes us worse off, from eustress, the pressure that pushes us to do better. "You're losing the advanced weights," among others. "Family life, I think, is a good thing."

The personality of the Immersed app is "tech bro." From the intro tutorial, which suggests I “Crush Today!” to the weekly email comparing my time in VR with the time spent by “power users”, it’s all about increasing productivity. It’s true: I get so focused on work, so deep into the field, that I don’t notice my eyebrows slipping. Things like the setting of the sun on another day are invisible to me, and without any sight of the rubbish in the meatspace room, I do not distract myself by getting up to clean something. every 20 minutes.

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The house is becoming a mess.

But I want to use the headset in a way that is less of an "imaginative opponent" and more of a "body position." About six months after I got this VR headset, in the back of a closet, I found one of those inflatable pool rafts on which people sail to enjoy the coolness of the water and the warmth of the sun. I laid it on the floor of this room, where I now lie down with all my muscles at rest. A virtual screen moves a meter and a half over my head in a way that a real world screen would do just after a lot of carpentry. My hands lie on my side, with the right hand on the laptop keyboard and the left hand on an external keyboard plugged into the laptop. I have a hoodie pulled over my head, not because I'm an "elite hacker" but because it allows me to turn off the heat. For the same reason, I have wrapped myself in a blanket, leaving only my chin open and disturbed by the sound of my typing these words to you.

This is the promise of working from VR: complete silence but for an active mind. The world does not bother me, and as a result I do not care.

I finally made it to a cyberpunk future I had always dreamed of, embedded in the Matrix, now rebranded as the Metaverse. But with the joy of getting there, I had not realized by choosing to be there, that I was choosing to disappear from here.


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