Virtual Reality: Innovative Or Bizarre?

Virtual Reality: Innovative Or Bizarre?

Where does it end?
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As a millennial (whatever that term means), it’s rare to think about how much technology has progressed because millennials are a part of the progression of technology and don’t care so much for the course of it. Instead, we are more interested in moving along with it. It is also in a sense difficult to really grasp the evolution of technology as a millennial because most of us are really involved in what is current to our time.

One of the more recent technological innovations is Virtual Reality. VR is essentially an innovation where people can use headsets in order to visually (and sometimes physically) experience a different reality from the one you are currently experiencing (x). VR is used a lot for gaming and some companies have even added motion sensors to install inside the room so that your body can become a part of the VR experience. People are also able to experience what it’s like to climb Mount Everest for example, and enjoy the view, while sitting on their couch in New Jersey. The most basic form of virtual reality is the Google cardboard headset that allows you to use your phone for VR while looking at it through the cardboard lens (x). The newest form of VR experience will be released by Sony in October for the Play Station 4 (x).

Now, there is another side to VR besides gaming and nice views that really make you question what the implications are of experiencing a virtual world. Will VR have a negative impact on social relations and is this just another step for our world to be completely computerized? Or will it die down like 3D? VR has taken steps to completely transform mundane activities such as cooking or dining at a restaurant. For instance, people are now able to learn how to cook with VR even though most people will agree that it isn’t anything close to the real thing. But what if it eventually does become like the real thing? In Ibiza, headsets are handed to customers in some of the restaurants so that they could experience a different world while eating their food (x). They could be under water while eating their meal for example. VR also allows you to work. Yes, you read that correctly, work. With their job simulator, you’re able to work at a convenience store as a cashier or work in a cubicle. With the cooperation of NASA, astronauts and people will be able to virtually experience what it’s like to be on Mars or the moon.

VR has the ability to revolutionize how we learn skills and train for careers. Military training would be experienced through a VR simulator in order to make it safer for soldiers. Medical students are currently able to study surgeries that were recorded with VR. Doctors can practice new surgeries with VR in a controlled and safe environment as well. It would be interesting to see how VR job trainees perform in comparison to regular trainees. Our immediate response would be to think that VR trainees will fail once they are put to the actual task. But what if instead, they are much calmer and more confident after VR training?

With VR, history enthusiasts can experience important historical moments and feel as if they are physically there. You can visit the Louvre or the Statue of Liberty from your couch. Will this overcome a person’s need to travel the world and experience things for themselves? Maybe not for a person who has experienced travelling but perhaps this will be the case for younger people who have never travelled before and the world they grow into will only have VR to offer.

The first Virtual Reality Cinema was opened in Amsterdam. Audience members wearing VR headsets are able to experience the movie from one of the actor’s perspectives (this sounds absolutely sick). VR can sometimes appear to be something extremely helpful that would make our jobs easier and in a sense, accurate. Juries would be able to assess crime scenes more easily instead of looking at pictures. Detectives can also have access to crime scenes without tampering with evidence, assuming the simulator is extremely accurate. Another benefit from VR is virtual physical therapy. Studies show that patients show better improvement when they visually experience calm settings while being on a treadmill for example.

There is another VR experience that has recently become popular which is porn. This is sort of bizarre to think about because the need for social interaction and relationships will slowly begin to diminish if people feel the same amount of satisfaction without having to interact with another human. Again, some people may argue that it will never feel like the real thing but many people who have tried it are amazed at how immersive the experience is (x). Also, for people who have never experienced the real thing, their only reality would be a virtual one. Will this overcome the desire to have a physical relationship? Studies show that our generation has the most people suffering from porn-induced erectile dysfunction than any other generation. It’s scary to think how much more prevalent of a problem this will be if VR porn slowly starts to take over our sex lives.

It may be too soon to fully evaluate the implications of a virtual reality because again, it might just be forgotten like 3D. Perhaps humane desires are much stronger than technology and we will always feel the desire to experience things for ourselves. By the same token, an anti-social generation may develop where virtual reality is seen as a relief or an escape from social anxieties.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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6 Things You Relate To, Like Clockwork, When You Own An Apple Watch

If you have an Apple Watch, you can relate to all of these.

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Having a mini phone on your wrists come with some little quirks and here's a few you can relate to if you own an apple watch.

Your wrist is vibrating — when your watch is not even on.

I can always get this "feeling" that my wrist is vibrating, but when I glance down my watch is not even on. I always have this feeling for a few hours after I take my watch off, but it eventually goes away.

Your watch tells you to stand up, when you're already standing up.

I remember going to a concert and standing in the pit, my Apple Watch told me repeatedly to stand up, but I was already doing so. Apple does not like us being lazy and they let us know that after sitting down for at least 30 minutes.

You can find the cutest watch bands.

I always find so many cute watch bands from cheetah print to Lilly Pulitzer. The different colors and styles are endless and whenever you see one, you buy it of course.

Don't think you're gonna talk to your watch to send a text.

Every time I try to speak into my Apple Watch to send a text, it never works. I've actually just given up on that feature and have become a pro at scribbling letters onto the tiny screen. Quick Texts have also become my best friend, even though the responses are short.

Breathe, breathe, breathe... Your watch always wants you to breathe!

My Apple Watch goes off about 10 times a day telling me to breathe. I'm glad Apple is concerned with my breathing patterns because I did not know they were an issue until I owned an Apple Watch.

Your Siri goes off with every bend of your wrists.

Bending my wrists just the slightest makes my Siri go off. She'll start listening to everything I have to say and I don't realize I made her go off until she starts talking.

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