I spent a week in a VR headset, here's what happened

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On February 20th, 2019 we put a guy in a headset for 168 hours. Hosted by: https://twitter.com/jakwilmot ►Join The VR Chatroom https://discord.gg/gxXrYZx ►Follow on Twitter! https://twitter.com/DisruptTweet ►Like on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/DisruptFuture

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luisrodriguez 198 : "I thought the earth was flat" "Please keep yourself muted" I DIED LMAO

greenbeans : 2000: "Don't stand too close to the tv, it'll make your eyes go square" 2019:

The Taylors : “I thought the earth of flat” “...Please.. keep yourself muted or we will have to remove you.” 😂😂😂 I can’t.

Aliana Leonte : Some say he is still in VR and he just doesn’t know it

HydraTurbo : Ain't no body going to talk about that *LEGENDARY EDITING* ??

Yusuke Kitagawa : 6:20 what about that VRchat philosopher with an anime avatar

KevKeb : this edit the art everything is perfect a true masterpiece

Joshua WantChips : Nobody: Parents: 1 Hour!? You'll go blind!

DragonSpear570 : If only we could upload our conscience to VR, minus the dying and feeling pain.

Viktor Bardos : Hey everyone, I myself am a neuroscientist and I also felt the "discussion" part to be lacking but the topic at hand very interesting thus giving you my take on the matter. .....and be careful of the WALL OF TEXT. Enjoy the ride. 0) The Foreword I highly suggest watching Isolation - Mind Field (Ep 1) by Vsauce (here on YouTube) and draw your own conclusions. In that video we have a guy that tries to stay sane for 3 days in solitary confinement. Sure, the experimental conditions/setup are different but there are many parallels and the most intersting part: How do both individuals deal with their "peril" and how is their well being affected throughout/after their adventure. 1) The Sun A crucial aspect of our body to functioning properly is the link between our intrinsic clock and the extrinsic clock of the sun. In case of living in the VR you could clearly see that the test person quickly seeked out a place in VR where he could experience the sun (yoga) and later strived for a day/night cycle in Skyrim. A lack of an exterior clock completly throws of your cyrcadian rythm (you being synchronized with solar time). This has a significant impact on all kinds of biological activities within your body. Essentially, your body doesnt know when to up and downregulate the activity of single cells, neuronal networks, and your body as a whole. You loose the grip on reality because you can not experience time without a reference point. Being in a room with no sun and to a lesser effect with no clock slowly shifts your assessment of how much time actually has passed. You do not know when you "should" sleep and when to be awake and active. After 1 day you will start to have trouble falling asleep leading to additional psychological stress. In general, your entire body is just going crazy. Like consuming energy drinks while simultaneously taking a sleep pill (do not do this at home!). There is nothing that governs the activity of your body resulting in physical and psycholigcal stress. Summary: Distress +10 level, sleep disorder +1 level 2) An Entertainers Nightmare: The Brain Your mind needs entertainment! People are different, however each one of us will experience boredom after a given amount of time has elapsed. Maybe like reading this piece of text. Some continue to read some dont. During extended solitude you can try to trick your brain for some time by performing mental exercises but ultimately the result will be the same: Boredom. Thus, everyone is doing something that keeps their brain in the loop. Even simple things like binge watching Netflix or YouTube serves this point. Your brain is constantly working in the background, processing thoughts even when you think you are doing nothing. The endless options you have in VR to cater to your brain's entertainment significantly helps you to stay "sane". In this video you see the subject seek out sport activities, mental tasks and outher activities such as video games, gardening, watching movies and interacting with other human beings. Not having this option leads to a quick cognitiv decline, up to the point where you will start having trouble doing basic maths in your head. You start to lose your creativity and your drive as a human being. In that sense, the brain is like a muscle. If you dont use it it will be less effective. Congratulations! Initial stage of depression aquiered. Summary: Distress +15 level, sleep disorder +1 level, depression +1 level Fun fact: Astronauts do workout in space so their muscles show no sign of regression. Otherwise they would need a wheelchair when they are back on earth and are exposed to earth's gravity. 3) Your Best Friend: The Humans Humans need other humans to feel well. Some of us need more "exposure" to other humans than others. But it is a highly significant difference if you have no interaction with others at all. Again, the majority of human beings have an inner sense to be valued in a community (in a broader sense, a gaming community is also applicable here) and that their actions are being valued by other people. Sure there are also people living in solitary but thats a topic for another time. Other human beings "serve" as the best entertainers for our brain because we are similar (in a broader biological sense, excluding DNA differences) and are able to listen, evaluate as well as give a response to someone else brain output (thoughts, comments, jokes etc.) via speech. Depriving humans of other human interactions comes close to torture. For more information on this topic read into psychological analysis of humans keep in solitary confinement. Analysing the behaviour of our test subject in this video shows that the individual quickly tried to establish a connection to other humans. Watching a space shuttle/rocket rise into the air is more fun if you have other people arround you. Talking to humans about the implications of VR is feeding your brain with new stimulations for your own thoughts. The biggest aspect of all of this is the word new, since the brain on its own is not good at breaking out of loops. If you feel bad (break up, trauma etc.) talking to someone else is sometimes already enough to get you back on track. The person you are talking to does not even have to response to you in a significant way. If you have no one arround you and by that I mean literally no one. Like Hikikomori in Japan. Adults who completely withdraw from social life. This adds up ontop of your psychological distress maybe you come up with an immaginary friend. By the way, Mr. Wilson was the MVP in Cast Away starring Tom Hanks. Summary: Distress +10 level, sleep disorder +1 level, depression +1 level, schizophrenia +1 level, apathy +1 level, anxiety +1 level, neurosis +1 level..... Well, you are a bag of meat sitting in a room and you more or less lost the energy to go on living as a human being. 4) Final note After the subject took of the VR headset his first reaction was to smile and to go outside. Breath fresh air (for him city air is as fresh as it gets) acknowledge the beauty nature as well as observe other human beings with his newly aquired perception. He has a whole new apprection for the world arround him, even the small things. He changed and by that I do not mean in a negative way. Just simply changed. In case of VSauce and his voluntary solitary confinment the thing he missed the most was to talk/interact with other humans (based on his own post experiment interview). By comparing these two experiments I conclude that human interactions play a crucial role for our well being and that VR can combat the decline of your brain by providing an artificial day/night cycle, human interactions as well as a variaty of activities to keep your brain entertained. This inevitably results in a less prominent decline of his physical/mental state and overall well . The topic at hand is very complex and there are many additional aspect which could be analysed, but it is clear that the individual in this video is trying to live as close to reality as possible. And whenever he feels like he is "loosing" it he tries something new to keep his brain fresh and juicy. P.s.: I had a lot of fun writing this although in a rather spontaneous manner, therefore overall structure and spelling might be wonky at times. I hope you enjoyed entertaining your brain by reading this. Cheers

Trais Gaming : Guy spents a week in VR Third Eye Activates Seems like good tech to me

Flakstar06 YT : Who got a VR advert before seeing this?

Gaurav : Next Video: "How I lost my vision in 1 week.**STORYTIME**"

gm__golf : Are we just gonna ignore the fact that this editing is impeccable

Candyfox 95 : Do all your videos have this editing? I like it but it's weird and dark at the same time...

Totally not Zokix11_MC : What kind of a sociopath made Desert Bus for VR? I love it.

Mr_ Eduard : One week in VR One year in EDITING

Osazuu : Finally, this video blew up. I was waiting for it to.

BloxBud : 4:46 "Thought the earth was flat" "Please, please keep yourself muted or we're gonna have to move you out.." lmao im dying

Rylie K : We can learn so much from this video..

Damé Dinero : one day the poor will get to experience life as a wealthy person...woah!

Funtime foxy Funtime freddy : Something nice Virtual reality is.. Virtual reality is whatever you want it to be

aidanchaz : "I thought the earth was flat" - Some guy meditating in VR 2019

Brixxmin1429 : “And you can see Earth floating down below y-“ *I tHouGhT tHe eArTh wAs fLaT*

Jezus Chrystus : I can escape from reality?! Someone can buy VR for me, Pweaase.

Aneeq Ur Rehman : that was amazing man. you showed VR in amazing way. I didn't imagined VR has such MIND BLOWING functions like workout, chat, traveling. Absolutely stunning. Just want a video from you about FUTURE OF VR. lov from Pakistan.

Delta Joy : Honestly my favorite part is near the end when he takes off the headset and says; "Ahh, the graphics are so good!" It reminded me of RogueShadow

Bobo Show : Sword Art Online and Isekai animes first come to my mind

Oscar Salvatierra : I felt really relaxed and calm until I heard that one guy in the back say ᴵ ᵗʰᵒᵘᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉ ᴱᵃʳᵗʰ ʷᵃˢ ᶠˡᵃᵗ

chilli3724 : This whole video makes me feel so incredibly anxious

Anthony Montoya : Ok so basically he just experienced how it would feel to be isekaid in the internet

Gheorghita Melinte : ''i thought that the earth was flat'' keep quiet or we'll chick you out :))

Arthur Seidel : 15:44 “Oh my gosh the grafics are so good!” okay so, yes, i’m really scared.

Wallage 1 : 2010: Spending too much time behind a screen will damage your eyes. 2019:

Punctuation Vacation : I'd watch this over and over. This is an amazing video.

Can we get to 10,000 subscribers ????? : This was actually a really interesting video that showed the impact and potential of VR while also being really philosophical.

Memnon : Glad your eyes didn't explode. Crazy experiment my dude.

Oliver Evetts : This is the best produced video probably on the internet. The editing along with the sound is legendary

DomiFury : VR experts: only be on VR for a maximum of 30 minutes with a 15 minute break. This guy:

AAlphaGamingAA : I would actually love if we got to the point of something like sword art (minus death/being trapped) those possibilities would truly be endless

Lambda Studios : Chet critisized you? r e a l l y? the story writer for VALVE? A COMPANY MAKING VR STUFF?

Lucas Godefa : He looks like Markus from Detroit: Become Human and I'm scared

Thomas W : "Or whatever FPS real life is." Erm.

Nano852 : mom 20 years ago: looking at the screen too close will leave you blinded 2019:

May : i always asked myself - what if what we see is actually VR aswell?

TheInkNinja : Can I do this for the rest of my life? I think everybody would be happier that way

Willi W. : Well this seems horrifying! Thanks, but no!

TaramonPA : By your day three i was very concerned about the impact of possible eye strain. I was also worried about your isolation during the experiment but then realized you had hundreds of pp keeping tabs on you. Brave and thoughtful, thank you for doing this.

James Clayton : Literally all the comments are from maximum of an hour ago, is this in everyone elses recommended?