JAN 08, 2018 7:01 AM PST

Would You Go on a Blind Date in Virtual Reality?

WRITTEN BY: Julia Travers

In a new social phenomenon, strangers are going on blind dates wearing virtual reality (VR) equipment. Couples can enter a zombie apocalypse or jaunt through outer space, among other settings, during their unique meetup. If you've always wanted to get to know someone as a dinosaur or skeleton, nonhuman body types can be selected as well. These specialized outings are being offered and shared via a Facebook channel called "Virtually Dating."

Facebook also made a big investment in VR through the purchase of the Oculus platform in 2014. The social media giant now runs "Facebook Spaces" as well; live, interactive VR experiences that users can enjoy with and broadcast to their online friends.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he expects really high-quality VR to take about a decade to evolve, but that his company plans to continue investing billions in the technology in the meantime.
About the Author
  • Julia Travers is a writer, artist and teacher. She frequently covers science, tech, conservation and the arts. She enjoys solutions journalism. Find more of her work at jtravers.journoportfolio.com.
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