A study published earlier this month found that working in the metaverse using the tools available today could decrease employee productivity and also increase their frustration and anxiety related to remote work. 11% of the study participants felt so uncomfortable that they could not complete even one day of the study and their assignments remained incomplete.
Metaverse needs upgrades to support remote work
Businesses and individuals are betting that the Metaverse, an alternative digital representation of our world, will play a major role in the future of work by enabling people to complete tasks remotely. However, a recent study by researchers from Coburg University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Primorska and Microsoft Research paints a different picture of the problem.
The report, titled “Quantifying the Effects of Working in VR for One Week,” compared the performance of 16 different workers developing their tasks in a normal environment and in a shared Metaverse setup during a 40-hour work week. The results were mostly negative, pointing to the possibility that today’s Metaverse might still be too limited to support work-based applications.
According to the study, people reported negative outcomes when using the Metaverse setup, experiencing 42% more frustration, 11% more anxiety, and almost 50% more eye strain compared to their normal work setup. In addition, subjects reported feeling less productive overall.
Also, 11% of the participants couldn’t even complete a day of the work experiments, which was due to several factors including migraines related to the VR setup and lack of comfort when using it.
Remote Work Links
Metaverse technology is currently associated with gaming and entertainment technologies, but it is believed that one of the important future applications of this industry will be enabling remote work. In a recent study by Globant, an Argentine software company, 69% of respondents said Metaverse Tech will play a critical role in this application.
However, the results of the study show that today’s technology will make this task more difficult. But not everything is negative: the study also found that participants were able to overcome the limitations of the Metaverse technology and initial discomfort over the course of the study, with the team behind the study calling for further investigation into the longer-term effects of productive work in VR -Setups in the future.
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