Relationships — love and meaning — can be made difficult by physical barriers. Many experts believe that VR will be more than a gaming fad.
There is a growing belief it can create an ability to have full-fledged, wide-angle experiences, and even relive cherished memories.
Dating guide author Jennifer Kelton says it’s all about dopamine and oxytocin, and the rush we get from social interactions which spur the brain chemical.
It’s a hormone that is integral to meaning and excitement — and love — no matter what our age.
In 50 years they might be walking through a re-creation of the halls of their old high school.
Some 22% of 25-34 year olds, and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters—that is roughly double the rate for those ages 18-24 or those ages 45-54.
Urban and suburban residents are more likely than rural residents to use online dating, and those who have attended college are around twice as likely to do so as are those who have not attended college.
It also could tie the two — present fantasy and past reality — together and network them with others using VR. Even if you are physically confined, you could be cycling in Nepal or hang-gliding with your new friend. Just imagine that those clunky VR headsets have been replaced with contact lenses, and other people wearing the VR lenses can be in the same scene as you.
You can project yourself, as you want to be perceived, and be seen for who you feel you really are, rather than just your age. (Heck, if you want to be an octopus, in 50 years from now you could probably do that, too.) What does this mean in terms of relationships and dating fifty years from now?
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We refer to these individuals throughout this report as “online daters,” and we define them in the following way: Taken together, 11% of all American adults have used either an online dating site or a mobile dating app and are classified as “online daters.” The questions we have used to measure online dating have evolved over the years, and as a result we cannot directly compare the size of the total online dating population to some of our earlier surveys on the subject.