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Sony’s Virtual Reality Headset Plays Porn

Sony Virtual Reality headset

Sony’s Virtual Reality Headset Plays Porn

Virtual Reality is Here to Stay

Virtual reality technology has been here for a while, but it’s about to invade our homes.

Just this month, Sony released its own PlayStation VR headset for $399.99 – a price that includes the headset, processor unit, and various connection cables for making the headset work with the PS4 gaming console (sold separately). 

Sony Virtual Reality headsetThe technology looks spectacular. If you’ve ever worn a VR headset, then you know what I’m talking about. It’s a complete sensory immersion into another world. We’ve all seen it in movies – like in Minority Report, when the head of Precrime, John Anderton (Tom Cruise), ventures into a type of virtual reality store where people are paying for every type of experience.

There are endless, good applications for virtual reality, including transporting students to the Smithsonian for a virtual tour that they might never be able to afford. Medical professionals will be able to practice complex surgeries. The applications for armed forces and training pilots and soldiers are obvious. Imagine allowing your bed-ridden grandmother one last virtual trip to Milwaukee where she met your grandfather.

virtual-reality-girlBut, like anything connected to the Internet, there is a dark side.

Virtual Reality and Pornography are a Perfect Match

Pornhub is the largest pornography distributor in the world, with over 3 million videos, and over 60 million daily visitors. In March 2016, it launched a free virtual reality channel, the first in the porn industry, where viewers are invited to a growing library of free 360-degree trailers.

Just this week, Pornhub disclosed to GamesBeat that its VR category is compatible with the PlayStation VR headset. The process to make Pornhub’s VR videos play on the PSVR is complicated, but I imagine that many entrepreneurial teenagers will be able to figure it out. And, this is where things get scary.

The scientific community is just now beginning to wrestle with the real possibility that repeated exposures to online filth are actually changing the brain. Have you heard of porn-induced sexual dysfunction? I’m afraid it’s a diagnosis that will become more popular in the years to come. It’s a condition where men, through repeated, prolonged exposures to online pornography, are no longer aroused by real, flesh and blood human women. They are neurologically bonded to pixels instead of people (a deeper explanation of the neurology behind porn addiction is warranted here, but I’ll save it for a future blog post)

Even though many in mainstream society aren’t ready to recognize the strong neurology that is attached to online pornography, the creators of VR porn are banking on it. Consider this excerpt from a blog post I wrote for Covenant Eyes earlier this year:

“The creators of virtual reality porn are extremely educated on not only what their viewers want, but also what they truly need. And, they are creating VR porn to meet these needs.

One VR porn creator spoke about the emphasis virtual reality porn puts on creating an emotional connection with the viewer through actual conversation. She said the “closeness” of VR porn makes fostering emotional intimacy easy. Further, she noted that the desire for companionship is a big part of the adult industry that’s often overlooked.

Closeness. Intimacy. Conversation. Companionship. These are needs that are imprinted on every human soul.

Our brains are wired to reward experiences that satisfy these needs. Remember, neurons that fire together eventually wire together. And, as a result, virtual reality pornography has the potential to trigger a deadly cocktail of neurological activity that distorts the brain in new and scary ways.

For now, it feels like we are standing on the cliff of what could be a monumental shift in how we interact with technology. It seems a cruel irony that the digital world may become more detrimental to humans as a result of making it more like the real world.”

Parents, I don’t have a lot of answers for you right now. If two-dimensional filth is rewiring human brains, then I shudder to think of what virtual reality will do to hijack our complex neurology. My plea to parents is to be observant, engaged, and informed. There’s no passive parenting in the digital age.

Peace, Chris

P.S. I just published an e-book for parents with conversation guides for each age and stage of a child’s life. Get your free download today!

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Living life to the full! That's why He died and how I try to live. I have an eclectic list of professional experience...CPA, business advisor, youth pastor, development director, now educational resource manager for Covenant Eyes. God shares wild ideas with me about life while I run. I want to show parents how to protect their kids from online dangers, which led to the creation of Protect Young Eyes. How can I help you protect the young eyes in your home?

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  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:25h, 24 October

    God help us all!

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