Virtual reality is a hot topic these days, and with good reason: it’s the future! But for all its cool features, virtual reality can be a little hard to navigate. In this article we’ll go over 10 things you should never ever do in VR. With any luck, you’ll avoid embarrassing yourself, breaking something expensive or worse.
1. Don’t try to explain VR to someone who doesn’t have a headset
If you’re trying to convince someone that VR is amazing but they don’t have a headset, just stop.
They will never know what it’s like unless they try it for themselves.
2. Don’t panic when you put on your headset
It may disorient you a bit but it will go away. Remember- you are playing a game and it is not real.
3. Don’t wear the headset for more than an hour at a time without taking breaks in between
The headset is heavy and can cause your neck to get a crick in it if you wear the device for too long. You’ll need breaks, so don’t forget them when planning out your VR experience!
VR headsets are designed with comfort in mind but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to be uncomfortable after an extended period of time–especially around the eyes. Give yourself some space between wearing sessions by taking 15 minute or 30 minutes breaks every hour you’re using the headset. Trust us: this will make all the difference down the road 😉
4. Don’t forget that you’re not actually there when trying to do something like open a door or turn on the lights
If you’ve ever been to a haunted house, then you know that event organizers will use special effects like animatronics or other light and sound tricks in order to give people the feeling of being somewhere they’re not. You might think it’s cool at first, but after awhile-getting scared becomes an expectation rather than something unexpected. The same thing can happen in VR: if you encounter an object (say for example opening a door), because your brain is tricked into thinking it feels real, then when it doesn’t respond as expected (for instance by opening) then that brief moment of confusion can be enough to make some people feel unwell.
Don’t let this discourage you! It takes time getting used to virtual reality
5. Don’t get so lost in VR that you lose track of reality and don’t eat or drink anything for hours at a time
Your physical body needs water, food and sleep just as much in the virtual world. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids (especially if you’re playing a game or watching something that makes your mouth dry) and take breaks for meals. And don’t forget about getting quality shut eye–VR is no substitute for actual sleep!
6. Don’t play with your cat’s tail while wearing the headset- they won’t be happy about it!
If you’re wearing the headset, your cat will not be able to see what’s going on. When they twirl around or flip their tail and don’t get a reaction from you, it can upset them! It might even make them act out aggressively towards you–after all, how do they know that this isn’t real?
7. When using VR for the first time, start out slow by doing simple tasks like looking at objects and then move up from there once you get more comfortable being in this new world!
If you go full throttle from the very beginning, it might get overwhelming. You may feel dizzy and lightheaded or have a headache after playing VR for too long–especially if you haven’t eaten in a while! Take time to reorient yourself when coming out of VR by walking around your living room before getting up.
Please also don’t forget that prolonged use of virtual reality can lead to symptoms such as nausea, headaches, disorientation and even depression. It’s not always fun being inside this new digital world all day every day so be sure to take breaks often (every hour is recommended). Walk around outside and do things like yard work or cooking food without wearing the headset
8. Don’t go to sleep wearing the VR headset
You should not go to sleep wearing your VR headset. The lenses that display the virtual world can interfere with how you view real-life objects in front of you and also cause dryness or irritation to your eyes. It’s a good idea to take off the goggles before going to bed at night so that any effects from being inside VR will fade away overnight.
9. Don’t go to the toilet wearing the headset
If you are going to the toilet while wearing virtual reality goggles, make sure it is a quick visit. Virtual Reality headsets do not work if they are turned upside down and drained of power. In addition, VR headsets should never be submerged in water or other liquids because this can ruin their delicate electronics components.
It’s best to take off your headset before sitting on the toilet seat as well–especially if you’re using an old school type that doesn’t have a protective cover over the top with hinges! You might find yourself embarrassed when all of sudden your pants get wet from condensation dripping out of vents at the bottom edge that your thighs rest against…and don’t forget about what will happen once those dry clothes go
10 Don’t let your kids play Virtual Reality
Children under 13 should not use VR headsets because their brains are still developing.
The article gives ten things not to do while wearing the headset. The top three are: don’t go to sleep with it on (the author doesn’t mention how long you can wear it before this becomes dangerous), going outside is important, and kids shouldn’t be able to use the device.