Virtual sex datihg
The most romantic place I’ve ever been was a grassy hill overlooking a campground.
It was late evening; lit-up tents and cabins dotted the valley that sprawled before us.
This was my first experience with Facebook Spaces, Facebook’s new virtual reality platform, and for long-distance couples, like me and my boyfriend, I think it could change everything.
Social virtual reality has so far been marketed around hanging out with friends, but my initial experience with the technology showed me that it can be a way to fill the hole I feel sinking inside me whenever my boyfriend and I are apart.
I am happy to Skype, or talk on the phone, or Facebook chat with my close friends and family to maintain our relationships.
But I’ve never felt the same physical craving for a friend that I have with romantic partners, the overpowering desire to be physically close, to touch.
My boyfriend is in a Ph D program at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and I am working in New York.
Every Friday, one of us makes the four-hour trek to the other's ramshackle shoebox apartment. We are in constant communication over Facebook, text, Skype (when we get around to it), and the various text platforms that online games have.
He doesn’t own a VR headset because, and I quote, “I have as many VR headsets as there are good games for them.” But he agrees there’s something vastly impersonal about other forms of digital communication, such that even when we are sharing our deepest secrets through a screen, I long for something more. My journey within Facebook Spaces began on Main Street of what looked like Disneyland.
It was early evening, and the sidewalk was glossy, reflecting the street lamps as if it had recently rained.
My tour guide was the avatar of a spokesperson from Facebook’s public relations team, joining me from California.
The first thing she did was withdraw a virtual pencil from somewhere mysterious and draw an orange fish in the sky above her head.