Virtual Reality games’ popularity has made VR headsets the most requested gift for Christmas this year. But the technology is notorious for its side effects. Every parent is concerned about the effects of VR on their children’s development.
We all want to know if Virtual Reality headsets are safe to use.
Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to that question. Since the technology is relatively new, there are no long-term health studies into its impact on the human body and mind. Many VR companies and universities have recently started their long-term studies into the effects of using VR devices and the results will not be out for at least a few more years.
Meanwhile, all the VR gear manufacturers provide a set of safety guidelines to help reduce the impact and the occurrence of side effects. When you follow these precautions, they significantly reduce the chance of experiencing side effects.
Here are the important things to remember when using a VR headset.
Before you use it:
- Make sure your immediate surrounding is free of sharp objects and edges. Have an adult watch you when to play to make sure you don’t fall.
- Set up the viewing lenses to suit your needs. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer to set up the interpupillary distances and focal points.
- If you feel seasick when riding a boat, take a tablet before you start VR game.
While using it
- Minimise the speed of your character and move your head slowly when you need to look around. This will reduce nausea.
After you finish
- Sit down for at least 15 minutes. Do not try to walk or drive a car or ride a bike. Side effects may happen at any time.
By following these precautions, you can reduce the chances of side effects when using VR headsets.