Half of adults don’t know what Metaverse is
Half of adults in Ireland don’t know what the Metaverse is, according to a new poll.
Conducted by broadband company Pure Telecom, the study asked people about their knowledge of the Metaverse, a virtual reality world that allows people to meet and interact in interconnected 3D digital spaces.
Awareness of the medium was highest at 59% among 16 to 23 year olds.
In the 55 to 73 age group, this figure dropped to just 28%.
The survey of more than 1,000 people in Ireland, conducted by Censuswide, found that while many have yet to take advantage of the Metaverse, others are excited about its potential.
One in eight of those surveyed said they would do their entire job at the Metaverse if they could.
Among younger people, this number rose to almost every sixth.
More than a fifth of respondents agreed that the Metaverse will improve online learning and education, while 15% of people said it will help them overcome limitations they face in everyday life, such as such as disabilities, shyness and social anxiety.
Less than 12% said they would “travel” in the metaverse to reduce their carbon footprint, and just 7% said they would go on a date in the virtual world.
Paul Connell, CEO of Pure Telecom said: “The Metaverse is still in its infancy and has only really entered the general public consciousness in the last few years.”
“With that in mind, while it really captures the imagination for others, especially the younger generations, it’s not surprising that it hasn’t caught on with everyone,” Connell said.