Could VR be bad for your health?

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Vir­tual-re­al­ity (VR) tech­nol­ogy is slowly get­ting more pop­u­lar, thanks to VR pop­ping up in theme parks and in­side mu­se­ums, but is strap­ping on a VR hel­met re­ally good for your health?

A new study from the Uni­ver­sity of Leeds has raised some con­cerns about that. The re­searchers are wor­ried about the strain on peo­ple’s brains from ex­plor­ing 3D worlds that are shown on 2D screens close to their eyes. They are par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about the ef­fect on chil­dren.

The study ex­am­ined the ef­fects of play­ing a VR game for 20 min­utes on a group of 20 young peo­ple aged be­tween eight and 12 years old, to see how it af­fected their vi­sion and bal­ance.

Re­searchers didn’t un­cover any se­ri­ous prob­lems with the chil­dren’s eye­sight, but two chil­dren found it hard to judge dif­fer­ences in dis­tances, and one felt dizzy straight af­ter play­ing.

There are no firm an­swers yet about whether VR is bad for you, but more re­search is planned. “It may turn out that the hu­man brain can adapt to these un­nat­u­ral pres­sures,” claimed the re­searchers.

VR could af­fect young peo­ple.

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