Virtual reality is one of the entertainment world’s fastest-growing fields, but it offers so much more than a way to enjoy some free time being amused, excited, thrilled, or moved. Enterprise and industrial uses of VR are proving revolutionary. From construction to urban planning to reforestation, and perhaps most crucially, medical and surgical fields are reaping the benefits of virtual reality technology. For those consumers intent on self-development and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, virtual reality has plenty to offer, from VR porn to VR gaming to VR therapy. 

Physical fitness can be aided by VR use if a user chooses games that require the right kind of physical activity. The best-selling Beat Saber has helped a large number of gamers lose excess weight and stay fit thanks to its high-energy aerobic dance-and-slash routines. And Beat Saber is far from the only title to do so. In fact, there are many non-gaming VR experiences that can improve health, both physical and mental, as research by such institutions as Cambridge University has shown. Guided meditations allow users to not only enter altered states of thought and experience but to be aided by visual therapy tools in a way traditional meditation cannot hope to match. As VR develops, it is expected that the technology will also be used in psychotherapy practices. 

According to the research of the Dutch organization Rutgers Nisso Group, sexual aversion disorders will affect approximately 30% of adults at some point in their life. Sexual aversion is an unreasonable or unwanted fear of or intimidation by sexual imagery, concepts, and activities. For many sufferers, avoiding sex altogether is the only way to regain any control of this side of their lives. Through therapy aided by VR, sufferers can safely engage with sexual scenarios without fear and come to understand why sexual aversion causes the disturbances that it does. Training in VR can remove the real-life risk of trying out new techniques to interrupt behaviors and reactions led by sexual aversion. The techniques available to a patient can be learned remotely or with a therapist present, bolstering the patient’s comfort and sense of self-development. These therapies will no doubt be aided by developing AI technologies, and AI-guided robotic participants may soon become a crucial part of any psychotherapy treatment involving perceptions of and interactions with others. 

On the lighter side of sexual health, VR also brings a powerful sense of joy and excitement to some who would otherwise find these emotions lacking in their lives. Something as simple as a multiplayer video game has been known to increase social ability and interest. With VR tech pushing gaming to new, wondrous heights, this increase in social malleability and activity also grows. Not only do VR games provide a remarkable degree of immersion for the player, but they can also utilize adjacent technologies to further enhance a player’s experience. When games turn erotic or explicit, as many popular VR games for adults do, that immersion can lead to genuine sexual fulfillment. The relationship a player might have with an in-game character likely won’t rival that which they can have with a real, living human being, of course, but that future does not seem like the far-fetched fantasy it once was. The meeting of narrative adult-oriented entertainment, explicit pornography, and gaming bring about innumerable possibilities for sexual excitement and enjoyment. Add in the burgeoning field of teledildonics, and things start to look very promising indeed. 

Teledildonics mimic and extend human sexual interaction by transmitting physically affecting stimulation through smart devices. The most commonly understood example is that of a couple separated by distance who use video chats to stay in touch, aiding their more sexual meetings with personal sex aids like vibrators or auto-masturbators. By connecting their devices through a mutual interface, such a couple can effectively stimulate each other from a huge distance, their own motions being reflected and transmitted to their partner’s toy or tool. Applying teledildonics to sexual entertainment – as opposed to person-to-person communication – can bring a user about as close to fantasy fulfillment as is possible without achieving it in the flesh-and-blood world of human sexual interaction. Although a not insignificant number of users of such devices have lamented connectivity issues that they claim pulled them out of the otherwise immersive interactive experience, the future of teledildonics remains bright. 

Fantasies of a sexual nature are healthy and, for many, enjoyable to consider when partaking in self-pleasure. They can, however, also lead to personal problems, emotional complications, and even physical danger. Let’s face it: some fantasies are usually best left as fantasies. Virtual reality can change that, though, as venturing into the darker, riskier, more taboo realms of human sexual experience can be much safer, even completely safe, when done virtually. VR porn scenarios range from the modest and every day to the kinds of group activities, BDSM practices, and more emotionally complicated engagements like sex with step-family, infidelity, and impregnation fantasies. Throw into the mix a huge dose of costumed roleplay (cosplay) and performers from a wide range of ethnic and racial backgrounds, and you’re looking at the most comprehensive, immersive, and satisfying way to explore almost any kind of sexual fantasy. 

Fantasies are not just fun. Exploring them can lead not only to greater sexual fulfillment but to a healthier attitude towards sex. Repression, shame, and feelings of inadequacy are rife, though they can be dealt with. By exploring their personal sexual interests in VR, however, embarrassed they may be to admit them to another person, an adult can find a greater sense of peace and a more positive attitude toward the sexualities of others, having understood and accepted their own sexual intricacies and individuality. Embracing one’s own sexual personality not only helps to maintain a healthy attitude toward sex, but it’s also essential. VR’s ability to allow us to confront ourselves via fantasy play and immersive interactions with other humans – be they prerecorded porn stars performing for an anonymous audience or a real-life person communicating with you in real-time from a remote location – is already unmatched. With the impending arrival of a broadly social metaverse, VR’s ability to aid our emotional, social, and sexual health will only continue to grow.