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    元宇宙里的愛情故事:如何在虛擬世界中戀愛和結婚?

    元宇宙里的愛情故事:如何在虛擬世界中戀愛和結婚?

    MAHNOOR KHAN 2022-04-23
    虛擬世界的出軌,算出軌嗎?

    在奈飛(Netflix)熱門劇集《黑鏡》(Black Mirror)的某一集中,一名已婚男子最終在虛擬現實游戲中與朋友做愛。兩人討論過這種行為是否是出軌,因為沉浸式技術讓他們能夠感覺彼此正在相互撫摸對方。

    雖然這種情景純屬虛構,但元宇宙的誕生讓它變得不再是科學幻想。元宇宙是一種由虛擬現實技術驅動的交互數字世界。

    最近,元宇宙獲得了微軟、谷歌,尤其是Facebook母公司Meta的大力投資。顧名思義,Meta正在將重心向這個新興領域轉移。有專家預測,元宇宙將像出行、工作和娛樂一樣成為日常生活的一部分。

    因此,戀愛關系自然延伸至元宇宙中。有些公司已經開始提供使用虛擬現實技術的約會服務,用戶可以使用虛擬形象在數字世界中相互了解。

    雖然元宇宙為人們戀愛和約會創造了令人激動的新的可能性,但它也帶來了不確定性,還有我們尚未理解的一系列全新規則。以下是我們已經知道的信息。

    為什么要在元宇宙中約會?

    元宇宙應該要模擬現實生活,因此與傳統約會應用相比,虛擬現實約會感覺更貼近生活。在元宇宙中有更多方式與他人結識和互動,因此更容易判斷自己與某個人是否合拍。傳統約會應用和視頻通話只能為圖片點贊、發送信息和對話,而元宇宙更好地模擬現實生活,例如在虛擬地點約會、共同參與一項活動,以及形成更有機的聯系等。

    Women of Sextech總裁愛麗絲·海因斯對《財富》雜志表示:“我見過虛擬現實空間幫助人們在夏威夷或咖啡廳見面。元宇宙為人們提供了更多相互聯系和進行日?;拥倪x擇?!?/p>

    海因斯認為,某些群體可能成為受益者,因為元宇宙讓他們更方便相互聯系,無論他們生活在哪個地方。例如,通過元宇宙,美國的一名男同性戀可以與地球另一端的人見面,這意味著他有更高幾率找到與自己有類似性取向的伴侶。面向LGBTQ群體提供的服務包括虛擬現實平臺AltSpace VR,該平臺會舉辦直播活動,例如LGBTQ+ & Friends見面會等。

    海因斯告訴《財富》雜志:“男同性戀群體可以找到有相同性取向的人,因此與現實生活相比,他們在虛擬平臺上可以與更多人互動。

    約會導師格蕾絲·李建議,在虛擬現實世界中建立聯系之后,將戀愛關系帶到現實生活,或至少進行語音或視頻通話。

    性治療師和性科技顧問霍利·里士滿博士表示:“缺少了面對面交流時的潛臺詞,很難衡量兩人之間的化學反應。對于想要發展長期關系的大多數人來說,最終還是需要從屏幕里的世界回到現實?!?/p>

    元宇宙作為平衡器

    約會導師李認為,虛擬現實平臺作為約會中的平衡器,能夠為用戶提供頭發、服裝和配件的標準配色。

    李表示:“沒有花里胡哨的社區,也沒有人會支付賬單。虛擬現實移除了所有社會標識,只剩下語音和我們在現實生活中可能沒有意識到的一些微妙的溝通技巧?!?/p>

    她將元宇宙比作奈飛的約會節目《愛情盲選》(Love is Blind)。該節目的參與者不會看到潛在伴侶,除非他們承諾與對方結婚,這迫使他們更關注人的個性而不是樣貌。

    李表示:“在現實約會中,如果你的身高是5英尺2英寸,你通常會處于劣勢,但在元宇宙中身高并不重要?!?

    她記得曾安排一名24歲的男子與一名32歲的女子進行元宇宙約會,相互都不知道彼此的年齡。在年齡公布之后,這名女子承認,如果事先知道對方的年齡,她根本不會把對方當真。

    李表示:“這件事讓她對于年齡和成熟度的假設產生了懷疑?!?/p>

    哪些應用提供元宇宙約會?

    Tinder和Bumble等應用將推出支持單身人士通過虛擬活動事件和在虛擬地點相互見面的服務。2021年,Match集團(Match Group)收購了社交媒體應用Hyperconnect,后者正在測試一種名為Single Town的元宇宙體驗,支持用戶在虛擬餐廳和酒吧中約會。Match集團CEO莎爾·迪貝認為,Single Town給人們帶來的約會體驗,“更類似于人們在現實世界中的互動?!?/p>

    另外一款虛擬現實約會應用Nevermet可免費使用,需要用戶上傳虛擬形象資料與其他單身人士配對,然后進行虛擬現實約會。一名Nevermet用戶在應用評價中分享了她如何通過該平臺邂逅現任丈夫,這是一個很好的跡象。

    這位用戶寫道:“我和丈夫在虛擬現實聊天中結識。我們都愛上了彼此的聲音,我認為他的聲音充滿了朝氣。然后我們開始虛擬現實約會,八個月后我們住在了一起。我們已經結婚九個月,我非常幸福?!?/p>

    元宇宙中的安全性

    考慮到大量網絡獵食者的存在,還有許多網絡交友欺騙、網絡騷擾和網絡欺詐的案例,因此元宇宙中的安全性是人們關心的一個重要問題。最近,一名女性的虛擬形象在Meta的虛擬現實平臺Horizon Worlds上被輪奸,引發了人們對于數字世界缺少安全保障的擔憂。

    妮娜·帕特爾在Medium上發帖子講述了自己的虛擬形象遭到攻擊的過程:“我在加入平臺60秒內,遭到了言語攻擊和性騷擾。有3到4名使用男性語音的男子虛擬形象輪奸了我的虛擬形象,還拍攝了照片。我想逃離的時候,他們大喊‘別假裝你不喜歡’、‘對著照片自慰去吧’?!?/p>

    雖然許多人反駁帕特爾的招呼稱“虛擬形象沒有下體如何性侵”,但她表示,既然設計虛擬現實的目的是讓人們從身心都感覺真實,因此她的“生理和心理反應如同這件事在現實世界中發生了一樣?!?/p>

    帕特爾是兒童教育元宇宙平臺Kabuni的聯合創始人。她說自己無法屏蔽騷擾者或者舉報此事,因為她并不知道這些虛擬形象的真實身份。事件發生后不久,Meta增加了一項安全功能“個人邊界”,防止用戶侵入其他虛擬形象的個人空間。

    Meta表示:“如果有人進入用戶的個人邊界,系統會在其觸碰到邊界時阻止其繼續向前移動?!?/p>

    Women of Sextech的海因斯與多家公司合作制定了一份行為規范,以保證邊緣群體在性科技領域感覺更安全。她在接受《財富》雜志采訪時表達了對元宇宙的擔憂:

    “我很擔心元宇宙中可能發生的剝削行為。我們必須促使公司承擔起責任,處理好這類事件。我們根本不清楚元宇宙的舉報和監管制度?!?/p>

    元宇宙中的戀愛關系指導

    約會導師李利用元宇宙指導客戶提高約會技巧。她的虛擬現實平臺Datingverse提供私密空間,供客戶一對一會面,她則會主持和觀察兩人的互動。

    李表示,這個平臺讓她可以回放客戶的約會,從而為客戶提供反饋,與客戶討論如何改善約會時的聊天技巧。她認為,元宇宙比Zoom這類單純的視頻流媒體服務更適合約會,因為元宇宙提供了一種更類似于現實生活的體驗,不會像現實世界一樣因為周邊環境受到干擾。

    在李的元宇宙平臺Datingverse上舉行的約會輔導討論會截圖。圖片來源:Foretell

    李告訴《財富》雜志:“元宇宙真正顛覆了我們如何與其他人互動,我認為其他任何媒介都難以做到這一點?!?/p>

    性治療師兼性科技顧問里士滿博士表示,元宇宙為自閉癥患者或嚴重社交焦慮癥患者提供了一個重要的約會平臺。她曾幫助一位在現實生活約會中過于緊張的客戶,與人工智能性愛機器人進行親密聊天。

    里士滿博士對《財富》雜志表示:“元宇宙等技術是開啟面對面人際互動的橋梁。它們是我們的第一個聯系點?!?/p>

    元宇宙婚禮

    元宇宙不止可以用于約會。由于疫情的影響,一對印度夫婦在元宇宙中喜結連理,舉辦了一場霍格沃茨風格的婚宴,有來自世界各地的6,000名來賓出席了婚宴?;槎Y中還展示了新娘已故父親的虛擬形象。

    美國亞利桑那州一對已婚夫婦在熱門虛擬世界Decentraland中舉行了一次虛擬婚禮,一名亞利桑那州最高法院的法官作為證婚人。當地一家律師事務所整理了結婚資料,包括這對夫妻的元宇宙結婚證書和婚前約定協議,這些資料作為非同質化代幣(NFT)進行了“公證”,并存放在以太坊區塊鏈中。

    美國婚姻事工(American Marriage Ministries)表示,在美國結婚需要證婚人看到夫妻雙方的真實面容,因此元宇宙中的婚禮尚不具有法律約束力。目前,元宇宙中的婚禮只是一場虛擬儀式,旨在邀請無法親自到場的人們參加虛擬婚禮。

    一位美國元宇宙新娘對Euronews表示:“這項技術的優勢在于,它致力于將人們聚在一起?,F在我們需要做的一件事是感受到彼此之間的相互聯系?!?/p>

    重新定義規則

    隨著虛擬現實技術的持續發展,物理和數字世界之間的界限日益模糊,它帶來了性體驗的新機會,但也增加了出軌的可能性。隨著虛擬現實色情片和觸覺技術(讓用戶可以在元宇宙中感受到撫摸的觸感)的發展,人們開始日益擔憂虛擬世界的互動對現實關系的影響。

    這位女士戴著一副觸覺手套,正在與元宇宙中的虛擬物品和人互動。圖片來源:Getty Images

    事實上,許多年前,一對英國夫婦在現實生活中離婚,因為妻子發現丈夫的虛擬形象在虛擬現實游戲《第二人生》(Second Life)中與另外一名女性的虛擬形象有染。

    這需要伴侶們重新定義關系規則,確定哪些行為構成出軌。

    里士滿博士表示:“每一對夫婦都是不同的。定義出軌的最簡單方法是自問,你的伴侶是否接受你的所作所為。如果回答是否,那就是出軌?!?/p>

    元宇宙中的未來約會

    視頻約會應用Filteroff的開發者扎克·施雷因認為,元宇宙給約會行業帶來了巨大商機,它將有助于人與人之間建立更深刻的聯系。他正在努力讓Filteroff登陸虛擬現實平臺,并預測未來元宇宙將模糊虛擬與現實的界限,人們能夠感受到彼此的存在。

    施雷因對于元宇宙的發展對約會過程甚至異地關系的影響感到非常激動。

    他說道:“我認為隨著元宇宙的繼續發展,在某個時刻將模糊面對面約會和視頻約會之間的界限,你可以利用社交過程中的線索評估自己與當前伴侶或潛在伴侶之間的關系。我認為這一點非常積極?!保ㄘ敻恢形木W)

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    在奈飛(Netflix)熱門劇集《黑鏡》(Black Mirror)的某一集中,一名已婚男子最終在虛擬現實游戲中與朋友做愛。兩人討論過這種行為是否是出軌,因為沉浸式技術讓他們能夠感覺彼此正在相互撫摸對方。

    雖然這種情景純屬虛構,但元宇宙的誕生讓它變得不再是科學幻想。元宇宙是一種由虛擬現實技術驅動的交互數字世界。

    最近,元宇宙獲得了微軟、谷歌,尤其是Facebook母公司Meta的大力投資。顧名思義,Meta正在將重心向這個新興領域轉移。有專家預測,元宇宙將像出行、工作和娛樂一樣成為日常生活的一部分。

    因此,戀愛關系自然延伸至元宇宙中。有些公司已經開始提供使用虛擬現實技術的約會服務,用戶可以使用虛擬形象在數字世界中相互了解。

    雖然元宇宙為人們戀愛和約會創造了令人激動的新的可能性,但它也帶來了不確定性,還有我們尚未理解的一系列全新規則。以下是我們已經知道的信息。

    為什么要在元宇宙中約會?

    元宇宙應該要模擬現實生活,因此與傳統約會應用相比,虛擬現實約會感覺更貼近生活。在元宇宙中有更多方式與他人結識和互動,因此更容易判斷自己與某個人是否合拍。傳統約會應用和視頻通話只能為圖片點贊、發送信息和對話,而元宇宙更好地模擬現實生活,例如在虛擬地點約會、共同參與一項活動,以及形成更有機的聯系等。

    Women of Sextech總裁愛麗絲·海因斯對《財富》雜志表示:“我見過虛擬現實空間幫助人們在夏威夷或咖啡廳見面。元宇宙為人們提供了更多相互聯系和進行日?;拥倪x擇?!?/p>

    海因斯認為,某些群體可能成為受益者,因為元宇宙讓他們更方便相互聯系,無論他們生活在哪個地方。例如,通過元宇宙,美國的一名男同性戀可以與地球另一端的人見面,這意味著他有更高幾率找到與自己有類似性取向的伴侶。面向LGBTQ群體提供的服務包括虛擬現實平臺AltSpace VR,該平臺會舉辦直播活動,例如LGBTQ+ & Friends見面會等。

    海因斯告訴《財富》雜志:“男同性戀群體可以找到有相同性取向的人,因此與現實生活相比,他們在虛擬平臺上可以與更多人互動。

    約會導師格蕾絲·李建議,在虛擬現實世界中建立聯系之后,將戀愛關系帶到現實生活,或至少進行語音或視頻通話。

    性治療師和性科技顧問霍利·里士滿博士表示:“缺少了面對面交流時的潛臺詞,很難衡量兩人之間的化學反應。對于想要發展長期關系的大多數人來說,最終還是需要從屏幕里的世界回到現實?!?/p>

    元宇宙作為平衡器

    約會導師李認為,虛擬現實平臺作為約會中的平衡器,能夠為用戶提供頭發、服裝和配件的標準配色。

    李表示:“沒有花里胡哨的社區,也沒有人會支付賬單。虛擬現實移除了所有社會標識,只剩下語音和我們在現實生活中可能沒有意識到的一些微妙的溝通技巧?!?/p>

    她將元宇宙比作奈飛的約會節目《愛情盲選》(Love is Blind)。該節目的參與者不會看到潛在伴侶,除非他們承諾與對方結婚,這迫使他們更關注人的個性而不是樣貌。

    李表示:“在現實約會中,如果你的身高是5英尺2英寸,你通常會處于劣勢,但在元宇宙中身高并不重要?!?

    她記得曾安排一名24歲的男子與一名32歲的女子進行元宇宙約會,相互都不知道彼此的年齡。在年齡公布之后,這名女子承認,如果事先知道對方的年齡,她根本不會把對方當真。

    李表示:“這件事讓她對于年齡和成熟度的假設產生了懷疑?!?/p>

    哪些應用提供元宇宙約會?

    Tinder和Bumble等應用將推出支持單身人士通過虛擬活動事件和在虛擬地點相互見面的服務。2021年,Match集團(Match Group)收購了社交媒體應用Hyperconnect,后者正在測試一種名為Single Town的元宇宙體驗,支持用戶在虛擬餐廳和酒吧中約會。Match集團CEO莎爾·迪貝認為,Single Town給人們帶來的約會體驗,“更類似于人們在現實世界中的互動?!?/p>

    另外一款虛擬現實約會應用Nevermet可免費使用,需要用戶上傳虛擬形象資料與其他單身人士配對,然后進行虛擬現實約會。一名Nevermet用戶在應用評價中分享了她如何通過該平臺邂逅現任丈夫,這是一個很好的跡象。

    這位用戶寫道:“我和丈夫在虛擬現實聊天中結識。我們都愛上了彼此的聲音,我認為他的聲音充滿了朝氣。然后我們開始虛擬現實約會,八個月后我們住在了一起。我們已經結婚九個月,我非常幸福?!?/p>

    元宇宙中的安全性

    考慮到大量網絡獵食者的存在,還有許多網絡交友欺騙、網絡騷擾和網絡欺詐的案例,因此元宇宙中的安全性是人們關心的一個重要問題。最近,一名女性的虛擬形象在Meta的虛擬現實平臺Horizon Worlds上被輪奸,引發了人們對于數字世界缺少安全保障的擔憂。

    妮娜·帕特爾在Medium上發帖子講述了自己的虛擬形象遭到攻擊的過程:“我在加入平臺60秒內,遭到了言語攻擊和性騷擾。有3到4名使用男性語音的男子虛擬形象輪奸了我的虛擬形象,還拍攝了照片。我想逃離的時候,他們大喊‘別假裝你不喜歡’、‘對著照片自慰去吧’?!?/p>

    雖然許多人反駁帕特爾的招呼稱“虛擬形象沒有下體如何性侵”,但她表示,既然設計虛擬現實的目的是讓人們從身心都感覺真實,因此她的“生理和心理反應如同這件事在現實世界中發生了一樣?!?/p>

    帕特爾是兒童教育元宇宙平臺Kabuni的聯合創始人。她說自己無法屏蔽騷擾者或者舉報此事,因為她并不知道這些虛擬形象的真實身份。事件發生后不久,Meta增加了一項安全功能“個人邊界”,防止用戶侵入其他虛擬形象的個人空間。

    Meta表示:“如果有人進入用戶的個人邊界,系統會在其觸碰到邊界時阻止其繼續向前移動?!?/p>

    Women of Sextech的海因斯與多家公司合作制定了一份行為規范,以保證邊緣群體在性科技領域感覺更安全。她在接受《財富》雜志采訪時表達了對元宇宙的擔憂:

    “我很擔心元宇宙中可能發生的剝削行為。我們必須促使公司承擔起責任,處理好這類事件。我們根本不清楚元宇宙的舉報和監管制度?!?/p>

    元宇宙中的戀愛關系指導

    約會導師李利用元宇宙指導客戶提高約會技巧。她的虛擬現實平臺Datingverse提供私密空間,供客戶一對一會面,她則會主持和觀察兩人的互動。

    李表示,這個平臺讓她可以回放客戶的約會,從而為客戶提供反饋,與客戶討論如何改善約會時的聊天技巧。她認為,元宇宙比Zoom這類單純的視頻流媒體服務更適合約會,因為元宇宙提供了一種更類似于現實生活的體驗,不會像現實世界一樣因為周邊環境受到干擾。

    李告訴《財富》雜志:“元宇宙真正顛覆了我們如何與其他人互動,我認為其他任何媒介都難以做到這一點?!?/p>

    性治療師兼性科技顧問里士滿博士表示,元宇宙為自閉癥患者或嚴重社交焦慮癥患者提供了一個重要的約會平臺。她曾幫助一位在現實生活約會中過于緊張的客戶,與人工智能性愛機器人進行親密聊天。

    里士滿博士對《財富》雜志表示:“元宇宙等技術是開啟面對面人際互動的橋梁。它們是我們的第一個聯系點?!?/p>

    元宇宙婚禮

    元宇宙不止可以用于約會。由于疫情的影響,一對印度夫婦在元宇宙中喜結連理,舉辦了一場霍格沃茨風格的婚宴,有來自世界各地的6,000名來賓出席了婚宴?;槎Y中還展示了新娘已故父親的虛擬形象。

    美國亞利桑那州一對已婚夫婦在熱門虛擬世界Decentraland中舉行了一次虛擬婚禮,一名亞利桑那州最高法院的法官作為證婚人。當地一家律師事務所整理了結婚資料,包括這對夫妻的元宇宙結婚證書和婚前約定協議,這些資料作為非同質化代幣(NFT)進行了“公證”,并存放在以太坊區塊鏈中。

    美國婚姻事工(American Marriage Ministries)表示,在美國結婚需要證婚人看到夫妻雙方的真實面容,因此元宇宙中的婚禮尚不具有法律約束力。目前,元宇宙中的婚禮只是一場虛擬儀式,旨在邀請無法親自到場的人們參加虛擬婚禮。

    一位美國元宇宙新娘對Euronews表示:“這項技術的優勢在于,它致力于將人們聚在一起?,F在我們需要做的一件事是感受到彼此之間的相互聯系?!?/p>

    重新定義規則

    隨著虛擬現實技術的持續發展,物理和數字世界之間的界限日益模糊,它帶來了性體驗的新機會,但也增加了出軌的可能性。隨著虛擬現實色情片和觸覺技術(讓用戶可以在元宇宙中感受到撫摸的觸感)的發展,人們開始日益擔憂虛擬世界的互動對現實關系的影響。

    事實上,許多年前,一對英國夫婦在現實生活中離婚,因為妻子發現丈夫的虛擬形象在虛擬現實游戲《第二人生》(Second Life)中與另外一名女性的虛擬形象有染。

    這需要伴侶們重新定義關系規則,確定哪些行為構成出軌。

    里士滿博士表示:“每一對夫婦都是不同的。定義出軌的最簡單方法是自問,你的伴侶是否接受你的所作所為。如果回答是否,那就是出軌?!?/p>

    元宇宙中的未來約會

    視頻約會應用Filteroff的開發者扎克·施雷因認為,元宇宙給約會行業帶來了巨大商機,它將有助于人與人之間建立更深刻的聯系。他正在努力讓Filteroff登陸虛擬現實平臺,并預測未來元宇宙將模糊虛擬與現實的界限,人們能夠感受到彼此的存在。

    施雷因對于元宇宙的發展對約會過程甚至異地關系的影響感到非常激動。

    他說道:“我認為隨著元宇宙的繼續發展,在某個時刻將模糊面對面約會和視頻約會之間的界限,你可以利用社交過程中的線索評估自己與當前伴侶或潛在伴侶之間的關系。我認為這一點非常積極?!保ㄘ敻恢形木W)

    翻譯:劉進龍

    審校:汪皓

    In an episode of the popular Netflix show, Black Mirror, a married man ends up having sex with his friend in a virtual reality game. The two debate whether the encounter was cheating because the immersive technology had allowed them to feel like they were touching each other.

    Although the above scenario is purely fictional, it is no longer science fiction thanks to the metaverse, an alternate digital world that is powered by virtual reality (VR) technology.

    The metaverse has garnered big investment recently from tech giants like Microsoft, Google, and most notably, Facebook-parent Meta, which, like its new name suggests, is refocusing on the emerging space. Some experts foresee the metaverse becoming a regular part of life, including travel, work, and play.

    Romantic relationships are a natural extension. Companies are already starting to offer dating services that involve virtual reality, with avatars of the daters getting to know each other inside digital worlds.

    While the metaverse brings with it exciting new possibilities for love and dating, it also brings uncertainties and a new set of rules that we have yet to navigate. Here’s what we know so far.

    Why date in the metaverse?

    Because the metaverse is supposed to be a simulation of real life, VR dating is more life-like than traditional apps. It’s easier to gauge your compatibility with someone in the metaverse because you have more ways to meet and interact with them. Traditional dating apps and video calls limit you to liking pictures, texting, and talking whereas the metaverse better simulates real-life such as meeting in a virtual location, engaging in a shared activity, and forming a more organic connection.

    Elyse Hines, who is the president of Women of Sextech, told Fortune, “I've seen VR spaces that help people meet in Hawaii or at a cafe. The metaverse gives people more chances to relate to each other and have day-to-day interactions.”

    Hines thinks certain communities could benefit from the metaverse by making it easier for them to connect, no matter where they live. For example, through the metaverse, a queer individual in the U.S. can now meet another halfway across the world, which means a higher chance of finding a partner with similar sexual preferences. Services for the LGBTQ community include AltSpace VR, a virtual reality platform that hosts live events like the LGBTQ+ & Friends meetup.

    “The queer community was able to connect with people on a scale much larger than in real life because they were able to find people in the same niche as them,” Hines told Fortune.

    Grace Lee, a dating coach, suggested using the metaverse like “how you would use a first date Zoom call in a screening type of way.” But she acknowledges that it has limits and suggests that after developing a connection in VR, daters should take the relationship into real life—or at least a phone or video call.

    “It’s so hard to gauge chemistry without the subtext of being in person. For most people who want a long-term relationship, it’s eventually going to have to move out of the screen,” said Dr. Holly Richmond, a sex therapist and sex tech consultant.

    The metaverse as an equalizer

    Dating coach Lee thinks VR spaces act as an equalizer in dating because they can give users a standard palette of hair, clothes, and accessories.

    “There are no fancy neighborhoods and no one is paying the bill. So, all the social markers are removed and what you’re left with is the voice and the subtle things about communication that we may not realize in real life,” Lee said.

    She compared the metaverse to the Netflix dating show, Love is Blind, in which participants don’t see potential partners until after they’ve committed to marrying them, forcing them to focus on the person’s personality instead of their physical appearance.

    “If you're a 5’2” guy in the world of dating –typically you’re at a disadvantage –but in the metaverse, height doesn't matter,” Lee said.

    She recalled matching a 24-year-old man with a 32-year-old woman for a metaverse date without them knowing each other’s ages. After the ages were revealed, the woman admitted that she would have never taken him seriously if she’d known how old he was beforehand.

    “It made her question her own assumptions about age and maturity,” Lee shared.

    Which apps offer metaverse dating?

    Services like Tinder and Bumble are debuting services that let singles meet each other through virtual activities, events, and locations. In 2021, Match Group acquired Hyperconnect, a social media app that is testing a metaverse experience called Single Town, where users can meet at virtual restaurants and bars. Shar Dubey, CEO of Match Group, thinks Single Town gives people a dating experience that’s “more akin to how people interact in the real world.”

    Another VR dating app called Nevermet, which is free to use, requires users to upload a profile of their avatar to match with other singles and go on VR dates. In a promising sign, a user of Nevermet wrote a review of the app, sharing how she met her now-husband through the platform.

    “My husband and I met in VR Chat. We fell in love with each other’s voices which I think was very wholesome,” the user wrote. “We went on VR dates until I moved to be with him eight months later. We’ve been married for nine months, and I couldn’t be happier.”

    Safety in the metaverse

    Considering the huge number of online predators, and cases of catfishing, cyberstalking, and crypto-scams online, safety in the metaverse is a major concern. Recently, a woman’s avatar was gang-raped in Meta’s VR platform, Horizon Worlds, raising fears about the lack of security in digital worlds.

    “Within 60 seconds of joining—I was verbally and sexually harassed. Three to four male avatars, with male voices, virtually gang-raped my avatar and took photos. As I tried to get away, they yelled—‘don’t pretend you didn’t love it’ and ‘go rub yourself off to the photo,’” Nina Patel, whose avatar was attacked, writes in a Medium post.

    While many people dismissed Patel’s experience, arguing “avatars don’t have lower bodies to assault”, she says that since VR is designed to feel real to the mind and body, her “physiological and psychological response was as though it happened in reality.”

    Patel, who also co-founded kids’ educational metaverse platform Kabuni, shared that she was unable to block the harassers or report the incident because she didn’t know the identities of the avatars. Soon after this incident, Meta added a safety feature called “Personal Boundary,” to prevent users from invading another avatar’s personal space.

    “If someone tries to enter your Personal Boundary, the system will halt their forward movement as they reach the boundary,” Meta said.

    Hines, from Women of Sextech, works with companies to create a code of conduct so that marginalized communities feel safer in the sex tech world. In an interview with Fortune, she voiced her concerns about the metaverse:

    “I am terrified of the exploitation that could happen in these spaces. We have to hold companies responsible for how they handle these things,” she said. “As far as reporting and regulating it, we don't even know how that's going to happen..”

    Relationship coaching in the metaverse

    Lee, the dating coach, uses the metaverse to teach her clients to be better daters. Her VR platform, Datingverse, has private spaces where clients meet one-on-one while she moderates and observes their interaction.

    Lee says the platform lets her replay dates for clients so she can provide feedback and discuss ways they can improve their dating chit-chat. The metaverse is better than purely video-streaming services like Zoom, she said, because it offers a more life-like experience free of distractions that are otherwise present in natural surroundings.

    “It’s really transformational in being able to understand the way you interact with people and I don’t think we can do that in any other medium,” Lee told Fortune.

    Dr. Richmond, the sex therapist and sex tech consultant, added that the metaverse would be a great stepping stone for people on the autism spectrum or those with extreme social anxiety. She recalled helping a client who was too nervous to date in real life to have an intimate chat with an A.I. sexbot.

    “Technologies like the metaverse are all bridges to an in-person human connection. They are our first point of contact,” Dr. Richmond told Fortune.

    Marriage in the metaverse

    The metaverse is not just for dating. Because of the pandemic, an Indian couple tied the knot in the metaverse in a Hogwarts-themed wedding reception with 6,000 guests from all over the world. The bride’s late father was also present as an avatar.

    In the U.S., an already-married Arizonian couple held a virtual wedding in the popular virtual world Decentraland, officiated by an Arizona Supreme Court justice. A local law firm organized the wedding documentation that included the couple’s metaverse marriage license and prenuptial agreement that were ‘notarized’ as non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and stored on the Ethereum blockchain.

    In the U.S., a marriage requires the officiant to see the couple’s real faces, according to American Marriage Ministries, so a metaverse wedding is not yet legally binding. For now, a metaverse marriage is merely a virtual ceremony to include people who can’t attend the event in real life.

    “The advantage with this technology is that it is focused on bringing people together. And if there's one thing that we need right now, it's to feel connected to each other,” an American metaverse bride told Euronews.

    Redefining the rules of relationships

    As VR technology continues to progress and blur the lines between the physical and digital worlds, it presents new opportunities for sexual experiences and infidelity. With the development of VR porn and haptic technology that lets users experience touch in the metaverse, people are increasingly concerned about how virtual interactions could impact real-life relationships.

    In fact, many years ago, a British couple divorced in real life after the wife found her husband’s avatar having an affair with another woman’s avatar in the VR game Second Life.

    This calls for couples to redefine the rules of their relationships and what constitutes cheating.

    “Because every couple is different,” Dr. Richmond says “the easy way to define cheating is by asking yourself if your partner would be okay with whatever you’re doing. If the answer is no, then it’s cheating.”

    The future of dating in the metaverse

    Zach Schleien, the creator of video-based dating app, Filteroff, thinks the metaverse is a huge opportunity for the dating industry and that it will facilitate deeper connections between people. He’s working to make Filteroff accessible in VR and predicts a future in which ‘the metaverse will blur into reality and people will be able to feel each other’s presence.

    Schleien is excited about how these developments will affect the dating process and even long-distance relationships.

    “I think as the metaverse continues to advance, at some point, there will be a blurry line between an in-person date and being on a video date and you’ll be able to pick on the social cues to gauge chemistry with your current or potential partner. And I only see that as a positive thing,” he said.

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