Some Good News For VR Headset Users: Experts Say It Can Tackle Phobia

Moinuddin Ahmad
Moinuddin Ahmad
Updated on Mar 03, 2024, 19:56 IST- 1 min read
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The advancement in science and technology is definitely bringing us answers to the many questions that have kept us perplexed for centuries. Things like phobia and anxiety are well researched topics yet there aren't many ways to tackle such health issues. Experts at?Indivisible Game, an online gaming information site, have highlighted five ways VR headsets contribute to both physical and mental well-being.

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Addressing Phobias: Medical professionals leverage VR technology to effectively address and reduce phobias. Patients can safely confront their greatest fears—such as spiders, crowded spaces, or heights—in a controlled virtual environment. This controlled exposure enables the gradual introduction of various phobias, equipping individuals with coping mechanisms applicable to real-life situations.

Chronic Pain Relief: Virtual environments created in games and entertainment experiences can alleviate chronic pain by diverting attention away from conscious pain. Hospitals have adopted VR to help patients recovering from surgery, postpartum, or undergoing cancer treatment manage pain effectively.

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Calorie Burning through VR Gaming: VR headsets promote physical activity by encouraging gamers to explore virtual locations using their bodies and motion controls. Data from the VR Health Institute indicates that players can burn up to 13 calories per minute during VR gaming sessions, depending on their weight and the extent of movement.

Motor Skills and Cognitive Abilities: Popular VR games like 'Beat Saber' not only serve as physical exercise but also offer excellent mental stimulation. They contribute to improved focus, enhanced cognitive abilities, and better memory. Such games encourage players to problem-solve, memorize patterns, and maintain attentiveness, thereby keeping their minds alert and active.

Easing Social Isolation and Anxiety: The immersive nature of VR helps alleviate depression and social isolation. Scientific reports, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, found that VR experiences effectively reduced "lockdown loneliness" and provided support for individuals dealing with social isolation, depression, and social anxiety.

While VR headsets pose potential risks such as injuries, motion sickness, and eye strain, their positive impact in recreational, educational, and medical settings underscores their versatility and potential for enhancing overall well-being.

With IANS inputs

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Moinuddin Ahmad
Moinuddin Ahmad

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