/Experts predict how Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse will change our mental health forever

Experts predict how Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse will change our mental health forever

Key idea:  As tech giants continue to build their metaverse platforms, many questions are being raised about the future of our mental health.

Original author and publication date: Jona Jaupi – April 3, 2022

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: COVID, wars, inflation, and other issues have already caused our mental health to deteriorate. Now, on top of that, we add the Metaverse.

From the article:

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has long been vocal about his plans for the “metaverse” – a virtual world comprising gaming, social media, augmented reality, and cryptocurrency.

“The metaverse is the next evolution of social connection,” Meta writes on a webpage that also hosts a 13-part audio series detailing Zuckerberg’s vision for the digital space.

This ‘evolution’, it appears, is already here as companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Nvidia are already laying the groundwork for decentralized virtual spaces.

Now experts are seriously pondering just how Zuckerberg’s plans for the future will affect the mental health of individuals, some of who are already heavily integrated into an online world.

In the past, tech and mental-health experts have been concerned about most new technologies and how they would impact our lives.

Today, many experts say that these apprehensions were baseless because factors like genetics and socioeconomic standing are more significant to a person’s well-being, per The Wall Street Journal.

They argue that the metaverse, too, will get seamlessly integrated into our lives.

However, others disagree, stating that the concept of a metaverse is not only revolutionary but uncharted territory that will definitely present some challenges.

The debate is far from over, but here’s what some experts say now.

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