Green Screen Review #6: Turning Your Children into VR Zombies



A girl tries virtual reality glasses at the Infosys’s stand of the 2016 Hanover industrial trade fair in Hanover, Germany.

. . . soon, virtual reality is going to be for everyone thanks to products like the new Oculus Rift. In a few years, the device will be like an iPhone. Who won’t have one? HBO and Discovery have made large investments in this area. And virtual reality is supposedly remaking the world of pornography too.

Unfortunately, we have no idea what the effect of putting these headsets on kids will be. And the manufacturers seem to acknowledge that. Samsung’s manual for its Gear VR reads: “Not for use by children under 13. Watching videos or playing games with the Gear VR may affect the visual development of children. When children, age 13 or older, use the Gear VR, adults should limit their usage time and ensure they take frequent breaks. Adults should monitor children closely after using the Gear VR if children feel discomfort.” Ha!

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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