"Virtual reality is a super drug“

Published on 01.04.2018

“A great feeling of sadness”

Hollywood director Steven Spielberg (“The Great White Shark”,” E. T.”,” Jurassic Park”) warns of the addictive potential that comes from virtual reality glasses.

“Virtual reality is a super drug. At least she will one day,” said the three-time Oscar winner WELT AM SONNTAG, “she will change our minds. This creates an urge to escape from reality. The hardships of everyday life then become a burden. So according to the motto: “Oh my God ,I have to leave virtual reality to go to the toilet or get something from the refrigerator.’If we then perceive reality as disappointment, the virtual world becomes a danger.“

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In Spielberg’s new science fiction film “Ready Player One” (in cinemas from 5 April), millions of people will flee to the Oasis, a digital parallel world, in 2045 with the help of virtual reality (VR) glasses. Spielberg and his actors had worked with VR glasses themselves during the filming.

“I have never experienced anything like this“

“When we took off the glasses and came back to the real world from the virtual space, we always felt a disappointment, a feeling of sadness,” said the 71-year-old WELT AM SONNTAG, “we would all have liked to stay in the non-real world.”That was really strange,” the director continued, ” I have never experienced anything like this.“

Nevertheless, he himself could have evaded this suction effect. “I didn’t get addicted to Oasis because I was working on my film,” he said. Although he finds” virtual reality ” captivating and overwhelming, he keeps a distance from many manifestations of the digital world in his everyday life. “I don’t have a Facebook account, I’m not on Twitter. Basically, I just send text messages, that’s it,“ said the director.

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Instead of criticizing IT thought leaders, Spielberg recommends that users rethink their own consumer behavior. “Each of us can decide ,I leave my laptop closed for three days now, I’m not on Twitter for three days.”, he told WELT AM SONNTAG, “then comes the anxious question:’ Will I still be alive after three days?’Of course you will survive this! It is only up to ourselves to show willpower.“

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