Schizophrenia & Oculus Rift

   What if virtual reality will cause the onset of Schizophrenia in humans when becomes as common as smart phones. 

    Schizophrenia is the dilution of reality where a human being cannot decipher reality and they experience it abnormally. It’s a terrifying mental ailment that has yet to have a cure. Many people who suffer from schizophrenia experience hallucinations, hear voices, and fall into a rut where it is hard to live in this the modern world. 

    Oculus rift are a ski goggle looking device where an individual can go into a digital world where they can hear and see everything within it. These devices have become incredibly popular in the past few years and are advancing in quality and graphic details. So when the day comes and everyone is using virtual reality as much as their smart phones, will we spend more time in the digital realm than in actual reality? 

    Here’s my argument, if humans spend more time in virtual reality than in the actual real world we live in, many people will begin to suffer from schizophrenic like symptoms. Very soon virtual reality will be so clear and realistic that someone wearing the goggles will not be able to tell if the world they are in is truly real. That is when an individual will undergo schizophrenic like symptoms. Their reality may be false, they may question their own existence, paranoia sets in, they begin to question everything. Friends and loved ones might not be trusted. They could be bots created by the virtual reality software to give gain clues on life experiences to keep everything realistic looking. Then they will distance themselves from others resulting in even more issues like social deprivation. 

    Ohh shit did that get trippy. As crazy as that tangent may have sounded it has a possibility of actually occurring. The more I talk about it my argument is beginning to sound like simulation theory. Basically this theory believes that we are currently living within a very detailed video game like simulation. Here’s the really crazy part, many accredited academics are beginning to discover that all matter is comprised of 1’s and 0’s, like computer programing code. If we really think about it there are many similarities in video games and reality, like the laws of physics, or that we cannot walk through walls. Now I know obviously that humans in the real world create video games and give them aspects of the real world. But one cannot argue that it is an interesting thought. 

    I’m not trying to convince anyone that we live in a digital world and that everything is a simulation. I’m just pointing out odd similarities and ideas that may make someone rethink everything. But just take it with a grain of salt and do the research. I wouldn’t want my readers to begin to telling their bosses to “fuck off” because they think this world is a digital program.


-John D. Schaser