Why did we make ROVR? Because these days, loneliness is universal.
- Physical distance prevents you from seeing the people you care about. Audio/video calls, even gaming, just aren't the same as hanging out IRL.
- Social media feels shallow, unfulfilling. It gets tiring and stressful, and easily becomes toxic.
- Being very different from the people in your everyday life makes you lonely. Not feeling like you belong, and missing friends, family, or community, is extremely common. Even before COVID, six out of ten US adults and eight out of ten Gen Z said that they feel lonely most days per week (Cigna 2020).
How VR fights loneliness
VR is empathetic tech: in VR, you can feel the presence of other people as if you were in the same room.
Through immersive tracking, 3D video, spatial audio, and haptic touch, VR enables full social immersion: you can see someone else's body language, hand gestures, and hear their voice with lip-sync. This means hanging out in VR feels more real than any video call or even online game.
A VR social network could help you spend more quality time with real people. It could introduce you to interesting people from all over the world with similar interests, communities, or stories. It could help strengthen your friendships and your communities—and maybe even your heart.
Our storyAnthony's ROVR Profile
Kyle's ROVR Profile
Syrmor's ROVR Profile
Like everyone, we know what loneliness feels like: physical distance, not being understood, not having a sense of belonging.
Anthony moved a lot as a kid. He's spent a long time in the closet as a gay guy, and between different cultures as an immigrant. Kyle is very introverted. A few years ago, he moved far away from home for a job and became very socially isolated in his new city.
Virtual reality has changed our lives. ROVR creators Kyle and Anthony joined VR in 2018 and 2020. ROVR advisor Syrmor is a VR embedded journalist and has been uploading his "Humans of VR" series since 2018. We've spent thousands of hours in VRChat, where we've made some of our closest friends from all over the world—and even significant others!
Imagine a place where you can truly be yourself, be free, and belong. That's the kind of Social VR we want to see, and that's the kind of social network we're building.