We're two human beans who believe in VR and the power of friendship™Anthony's ROVR Profile
Kyle's ROVR Profile
Why did we make ROVR? Because loneliness is universal.
Modern life is alienating.
Six out of ten US adults and eight out of ten Gen Z'ers say they feel lonely most days of the week. This was
Loneliness comes from three things: lack of close relationships (like friendships, romantic partners, or family), lack of fulfilling social interactions, and lack of belonging, which comes from identity and community.
Our sob stories
Like many people, we know what loneliness feels like.
Anthony moved a lot as a kid (RIP early friendships). He's also spent a long time in the closet as a gay guy, and between different cultures as a first-generation immigrant (lack of belonging).
Kyle is very introverted (lack of belonging). A few years ago, he moved far away from home for a job and become socially isolated in his new city (lack of fulfilling social interactions).
When Kyle bought a VR headset in 2018, it helped him keep in touch with his old friends and make new ones from all over the world. In 2020, Kyle brought his childhood friend Anthony into the world of VR.
Since then, we've spent 3,000 hours hanging out with people in VR (mostly VRChat). We've made some of our closest friends in VR, from all corners of the globe. We've even dated people who we met in VR—VR really has changed our lives.
How VR fights loneliness
VR is empathetic tech: it lets you experience new perspectives and feel the presence of other people across any distance. Social VR is a social medium, not social media. Through immersive tracking (body language, hand gestures, lip-sync), 3D video, spatial audio, and haptic touch, VR provides fulfilling social interaction, better than what messaging, voice, Zoom, or even online gaming can provide.
A VR social network could help you spend more quality time with people. It could introduce you to awesome people from all over the world who share your passions, quirks, and background. It could help strengthen your friendships and your communities—and maybe even your heart.
Imagine a place where you can belong, be free, and be yourself. That's the kind of Social VR we want to see, and that's the kind of Social Network we're building.