Relationships in the Virtual World
The age of Covid has severely impacted our ability to socialize with friends and family over the last 2 years. During this time the internet and social media have proven essential for keeping in contact with our loved ones.
One of the most popular to stay in touch is through multiplayer video games and virtual worlds. SecondLife, Warcraft and other games not only provide entertainment, but allow people to nurture and maintain relationships in a world of Covid isolation.
Dr. Michael Kasumovic is an evolutionary biologist at the University of New South Wales who uses videogames to study human behaviour. He spoke to 2SER about how virtual worlds can be just as fulfilling as real life and what we can learn about human relationships through videogames.