Something that has been on my mind since the inception of Oculus Rift pornography has been the kind of possibilities that Virtual Reality just may hold for relationships. Oh sure, people have talked about it, but for the most part it has all been tongue-in-cheek funny business, and I haven’t seen too many people considering it’s perhaps, more serious, implications.Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not necessarily suggesting that the future will be filled with males artificially reproducing themselves as they slowly begin to phase out real women in favor of their more controllable and configurable virtual counterparts (mermaid sex will soon be a simulated reality! Just be sure to turn off your smell-o-vision), and as tempting as that may sound to some, it’s equally stimulating to think about just what Virtual Reality might do to pull the two sexes closer together. Let’s fast forward a few to the near future of wireless Virtual Reality and put you in the shoes of a man (sorry Ladies) who just got to his hotel after breaking up with his wife: You’ve had it. She’s had it. Everything sucks and you are wondering how you will ever rectify things and make life better. You briefly contemplate suicide, but after a quick masturbation session you feel a little better again. After you’ve wiped yourself off from all of the cursing and the crying, you decide you are going to try and forget about the whole ordeal, so you lie down on your bed, put on your Rift, reach under the blankets and finger the “on” button on your VStroker as you get ready to head off to a resort in Tahiti. While walking through the bleakness of your construct library trying to remember where you hid your favorite “Bikini Getaway” program, you stumble upon a VR video that you had recorded with your wife the day that you got married.
Pensively, you walk towards the video. Curious, you enter in… Now standing before you is your sweet girl laughing, looking exactly as she did that day you swore your lives to each other. Tears of happiness running down her face as she looks you in the eyes and tells you “I Love you Sam!” (yes, Sam). People are clapping, birds are chirping, and you feel like you are on top of the world…. Then ‘blank’…. …. …. You’re back in the construct. You feel a rush of deep longing in your heart and you begin thinking to yourself how much of an ass you have been. Suddenly you think to yourself “How could I be such a fool? This is all my fault!” and you step past Bikini Getaway and head straight for the table with the phone. You phone your wife, you tell her how you miss her. You tell her how beautiful she is and how you realize now what you should have seen before. She tells you she loves you. And she asks you to come home…..You remove the device. Everything is good again. Now ok, perhaps you are thinking I embellished a little more than I should have, or perhaps you believe I should be thinking even further outside the box. Either way, chances are it will be a while yet before we are at the point where walking in the ‘construct’ (for those of you who haven’t seen the matrix, your rock is back <- thataway ) is a feasible reality; well at least the walking part of it anyhow. But I’m sure you get the point. And although my little story is only one possible scenario in the grand scheme of eternity, it’s neat to think about just how Virtual Reality might have the power to make or break a relationship. Whether it’s falling in love with somebody you meet while in a multiplayer VR world, or whether it’s your wife threatening divorce because she caught you with your pants down while making Virtual love to a water buffalo a few times too many, Virtual Reality is sure to have interesting implications for relationships, both in the bedroom and out of it.