Why You Lose Track of Time in VR

By June 14, 2021May 2nd, 2022No Comments
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It’s not just gamers that seem to lose track of time in VR. Deb Shaw, who has suffered three strokes, has been using VR for therapy exercises over the past four years.

“In almost every case, when I put on the headset and sensors then enter the world of VR, time is left behind,” Shaw said in an email interview. “Initially, on purpose; as this is now my time to be in a fun, captivating VR world, I know that I can’t be interrupted, and I will only stop when I reach a natural break in a therapy session or feel like my body needs a quick rest.”

Losing track of time is a benefit for Shaw.

“During the exercises of being engaged in Healthcare VR, I want the total experience, and a timer or clock is not always necessary,” Shaw said. “The one exception is when the competitive nature in me kicks into gear, and I need to have a sense of how much I accomplished compared to last time in the same experience—am I ahead or behind?”

Sometimes, losing track of time can be the whole point of using VR. True REST Float Spa is a chain that lets you float in actual water while using virtual reality as a way of relaxation. Clients travel to outer space in VR as a way to relax.