Virtual Reality ‘metaverse’ on the rise

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Two young people interacting in the metaverse.
Two young people interacting in the metaverse.
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Virtual reality (VR) is becoming an increasingly popular concept and changing the way people interact across the globe.

Dubbed the next evolution of social connection, a “metaverse” is a VR space where users in different parts of the globe can interact with each other and with virtual beings in a computer-generated environment. It is a digital simulation where people interact as avatars. You can explore, go shopping, or go on virtual trips and experience concerts.

The metaverse made its debut into the public vocabulary last year, after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg bet his resources on the metaverse strategy as the next big thing in social media technology. Zuckerberg later changed Facebook’s name to Meta, in a major rebrand strategy.

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