Social VR Provides a Sense of Shared Presence

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Forbes's Martina Welkhoff explores the nascent world of social VR and predicts where it might go.

"Virtual reality provides opportunities to explore experiences that aren't otherwise accessible (or possible) in the real world. It provides a new way to connect with people through the convenience of the internet and the salience of face-to-face communication," she writes. "The first time I interacted with someone in VR, I reflected on what made the experience different than a video conference, and I kept coming back to a sense of shared presence: My friend and I inhabited a space together and interacted in a spontaneous, multidimensional fashion that I’d only ever experienced when being in the same room as someone else."

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