A Reality away from Reality: Metaverse

How does exploring Gucci gardens from the comfort of your home, without even visiting them in person, sound? Or, to put it another way, how about experiencing reality apart from reality? Don’t feel terrible if you have to ask what the metaverse is. The metaverse is not a new concept, but the pace with which it has recently gained attention is astonishing. And the definition of “metaverse” appears to be expanding daily as more and more well-known brands and corporations begin to incorporate it into their long-term strategies.

While everyone from celebrities to big businesses is involved, Facebook is responsible for igniting the metaverse buzz. The company, a pioneer in social media (and, in some ways, the first iteration of the metaverse itself), just underwent a massive rebranding. Facebook is now Meta, and the firm intends to make substantial advances in the metaverse in the coming years.

All of this begs the question, what is the metaverse? The metaverse is a virtual world in which individuals, corporations, and digital platforms can exist together. It encompasses everything from virtual social and gaming platforms (like Roblox) to non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The metaverse is a computer environment accessible through virtual reality headsets, populated by actual people (typically using digital avatars), and full of limitless possibilities.

With platforms like Meta and organisations like Nike pouring money and resources into the metaverse, others believe it is the future of social media. From shopping to asset acquisition, there is nothing you cannot do in the metaverse, or should I say, nothing you can do in the real world but not in the metaverse. It simply elevates the level of experience making it a wow factor.

Imagine visiting art galleries or meeting up with pals at a coffee shop; the metaverse has made it all feasible and from the comfort of your own home. You only need a handful of bitcoins and a virtual reality headset to experience reality apart from reality. However, everything in the real world has advantages and disadvantages, and the metaverse is no exception. From cybercrime to privacy and security concerns, from sexual molestation to addiction issues, this bleak synthetic reality is riddled with stumbling blocks that can only be overcome with moderation and the oversight of a regulatory body. Until then, it is best to regard it as a component of the lifestyle rather than the lifestyle itself.

By Aditya Soni

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