In Episode 124 of My Metaverse Minute, Kieron examines how a new Second Life support group could be paving the way to address many forms of anxiety among digital natives within a Metaverse setting.
00:08 — A phenomenon in Japan sees increasing numbers of young people isolating themselves from physical interaction, choosing instead to engage with the outside world exclusively through digital means.
00:51 — A group has launched a support network for people suffering from this strain of social anxiety within the Second Life Metaverse.
01:24 — The support group is held in the Metaverse space, where people are able to attend as avatars. The aim is to push people overwhelmed by the digital world back into the real world in a way they’re most comfortable with.
02:02 — Using the Metaverse in this way connects with digital natives through a medium they can understand, and could even be expanded to include helping people with phobias and other anxieties. The Metaverse can be a solution rather than a crutch for people seeking digital refuge from the outside world.
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