By: Fred Glover
“IT’S LIKE A MILLION POSSIBLE PLACES FOR A DATE ALL AT ONCE.”
Since the inception of online life and culture, people have used digital spaces to find love and companionship. What does that look like in the Neurasphere?
Deante Willis never thought he would find love. Between his heavy workload at a major accounting firm and his dedication to several hobbies, there seemed to be no way to start or maintain any kind of relationship. “I’m a pretty busy guy, between my own wellness and activities and work, I just didn’t see a way to balance romance in that equation.” He says.
When he met Veronica in the Sphere through one of his gaming groups, he thought it meant only he had made a new friend, and nothing more. “I didn’t think there would be any way she could be interested in me that way.” He laughs and smiles as he recalls the beginning of his relationship. “She actually asked me out. There was no way I was gonna make a move. I didn’t want to screw up our friendship.”
Veronica looks back on the origins of their relationship just as fondly. “I had seen his avatar a whole bunch in different groups I was involved in, he was cute, and super charming. I had no idea if he was interested or not, but I had to take my chances.”
What does love look like in the virtual world of the Neurasphere? For Veronica and Deante, it was a smooth transition from platonic to romantic. “We’re still both active members of our groups and communities online, but now we’re doing a lot of exploring online together. Finding different rooms, different spaces. It’s like a million possible places for a date all at once. We’d watch movies together, take walks through different museum servers, play tons of games. Gaming was where our relationship started, so we always go back to that.” Says Veronica. “Dee is crazy for shooters, I prefer like, escape room puzzle and strategy games. No matter what it is we’re on the same team.”
Since the launch of the Neurasphere eight years ago, millions of users have found friendships, hookups and love within the VR space. A survey from DataHub suggested nearly seventy percent of Neura users have considered using the sphere for dating, and thirty-eight percent of those have had multiple dates online.
With version 4.0 around the corner, Deante and Veronica are excited to see how technology can improve their relationship. “There’s talk of more biodata being involved somehow, and if that means I can get to know my girlfriend more physically, I’m here for it.” Deante commented. “We live on other sides of the globe, but in the sphere we’re neighbors. I’m hoping that version four means more intimacy.”
Rumors (and controversy) have surrounded the development of version 4. Critics say that increased monitoring of user’s biodata could mean invasions of privacy, but there are countless Deantes and Veronicas hoping that an increase in biodata tracking could mean further applications for closeness and connection of unprecedented levels.