The most romantic place I’ve ever been was a grassy hill overlooking a campground.
It was late evening; lit-up tents and cabins dotted the valley that sprawled before us.
My tour guide began to explain to me the mechanics of the platform, the potential it had to revolutionize the rising-but-struggling VR sphere, but all I could focus on was how real she looked.
Her avatar blinked, her eyes and eyebrows fluidly guided her face as it transitioned through expressions. My hand went through her, because of course it did.) The togetherness that long-distance couples crave, I realized, could be found in this place.
And of course, to the most important question: Can the avatars adequately simulate getting it on?
Every Friday, one of us makes the four-hour trek to the other's ramshackle shoebox apartment. We are in constant communication over Facebook, text, Skype (when we get around to it), and the various text platforms that online games have.This was my first experience with Facebook Spaces, Facebook’s new virtual reality platform, and for long-distance couples, like me and my boyfriend, I think it could change everything.Social virtual reality has so far been marketed around hanging out with friends, but my initial experience with the technology showed me that it can be a way to fill the hole I feel sinking inside me whenever my boyfriend and I are apart.Even now, weeks after my experience, I remember it in detail. In high school, I had a brief relationship with a teen on the opposite coast, entirely over AOL Instant Messenger. It’s a connection not tethered by proximity, one we can define and shape into whatever we want it to be.Had we been able to spend time together in Facebook Spaces, I probably would have disappeared into VR and never come out. My mom used to limit my phone and computer time when I was younger, claiming that while I stared at the screen, I was isolated from those around me. Now that he’s heard of the potential of social VR, even my cynical gamer boyfriend is excited.