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Virtual reality has often been used as a fictitious plot in popular culture, reflecting the paranoia towards a dysphoric future where technological advancements come at a cost of humanity. The concept of the metaverse came long before Facebook rebranded itself to ‘Meta’, but this move by the social media giant brought waves of chatter about the possibility of virtual reality in the near future.

Milieu Insight released the results of their ‘Metaverse’ study of N=6000 people across Southeast Asia (N=1000 each from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam), covering opinions and concerns about the metaverse.

According to the study, most Southeast Asian countries feel largely positive about the metaverse, with ‘Interested’ and ‘Excited’ among the top positive emotions voted. Those in Singapore are the exception, with only 56% of respondents (compared to the overall average of 72%) selecting at least one of the positive emotions from the list. Compared to the other countries, they tend to feel more uncertain and sceptical about the metaverse.

Some of the top voted reasons among respondents who selected at least one positive emotion towards the metaverse were: ‘It’s an advancement in human social interaction’ (64%) and ‘It facilitates more efficient social opportunities’ (63%). Receptivity towards the metaverse may be in part due to its ability to overcome physical barriers.

On the flip side, there are some who are concerned about the reverse - among respondents who selected at least one negative emotion towards the metaverse, 51% indicated that the metaverse may jeopardise real-world relationships and interactions. Other concerns also include ‘Concerns over data security and privacy’ (60%), ‘Concerns over losing one’s sense of real identity’ (53%), and ‘Concerns over inability to differentiate between real-world and virtual reality’ (53%).

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Facing the reality of a metaverse: How do Southeast Asians feel about it?

Most Southeast Asian countries feel largely positive about the metaverse
Milieu Team
January 14, 2022
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Facing the reality of a metaverse: How do Southeast Asians feel about it?
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Virtual reality has often been used as a fictitious plot in popular culture, reflecting the paranoia towards a dysphoric future where technological advancements come at a cost of humanity. The concept of the metaverse came long before Facebook rebranded itself to ‘Meta’, but this move by the social media giant brought waves of chatter about the possibility of virtual reality in the near future.

Milieu Insight released the results of their ‘Metaverse’ study of N=6000 people across Southeast Asia (N=1000 each from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam), covering opinions and concerns about the metaverse.

According to the study, most Southeast Asian countries feel largely positive about the metaverse, with ‘Interested’ and ‘Excited’ among the top positive emotions voted. Those in Singapore are the exception, with only 56% of respondents (compared to the overall average of 72%) selecting at least one of the positive emotions from the list. Compared to the other countries, they tend to feel more uncertain and sceptical about the metaverse.

Some of the top voted reasons among respondents who selected at least one positive emotion towards the metaverse were: ‘It’s an advancement in human social interaction’ (64%) and ‘It facilitates more efficient social opportunities’ (63%). Receptivity towards the metaverse may be in part due to its ability to overcome physical barriers.

On the flip side, there are some who are concerned about the reverse - among respondents who selected at least one negative emotion towards the metaverse, 51% indicated that the metaverse may jeopardise real-world relationships and interactions. Other concerns also include ‘Concerns over data security and privacy’ (60%), ‘Concerns over losing one’s sense of real identity’ (53%), and ‘Concerns over inability to differentiate between real-world and virtual reality’ (53%).

Check out the full feature on:

- TechSauce

- DailyStraits

- ADPT News