The entertainment industry is already trying to capitalise on the idea of VR and romance.There is a range of shows and apps that indicate how this technology is creating new ideas around dating.
Many people refuse to be pictured on a date and the refusal is even more when it’s a speed date.At the end of the date, couples are asked if they want to see each other again — this time, in the real world.The first episode follows John and Shelby, an attractive, happy-go-lucky pair.They don’t exactly have the smoothest greeting: Bound by VR goggles, they fumble as they find one another to shake hands.
John, gazing at his VR self in a VR mirror, decides that he looks like a “creepy doll.” But at least some of his assets look good: “Look at my booty in this thing! If this is what the future of romance looks like, there is a real reason to worry about the continuity of the human race.
Online dating has been around for more than 20 years, but for the most part, the goal has been to eventually meet your new paramour face to face. From Match.com, which launched in 1995, the idea of meeting and chatting with someone in a digital space has spread to Facebook, Second Life and apps like Tinder.