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Companies like Meta have been putting a lot of weight into the idea of a digital exodus. There’s a lot of talk that working in distraction free, virtual environments (opens in new tab) could be the future. But as it stands today, researchers say, working in virtual reality is not only more overwhelming and frustrating, it doesn’t rank as highly for usability or productivity as we might’ve been lead to believe.

The paper, ‘Quantifying the Effects of Working in VR for One Week (opens in new tab)‘  (PDF warning) takes a deep dive into the viability of working long term in a virtual environment (via New Scientist (opens in new tab)). Participants, all of which were employees or researchers at a university, were asked to work in VR for an entire week. 

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