As technology further evolves, the metaverse is becoming an increasingly plausible reality. In this process, it is crucial to consider potential risks that come with its development. This study focuses on the potential risk of metaverse addiction and considers the influencing factors from the perspective of technology affordance and virtual reality compensatory effect. Mainly, we identify metaverse affordances based on key characteristics (i.e., accessibility, immersion, spatiotemporality, sustainability, interoperability, and scalability). It also highlights two kinds of affordance actualization factors (i.e., escapism and digital perfectionism) that arise from virtual reality compensatory theory. The research model suggests that metaverse affordance is actualized through compensation, ultimately forming reliance behavior like an addiction. This conceptual research potentially contributes to further investigation of the dark side of the metaverse and provides insights into research considering the compensatory effects to mitigate potential risks and ensure the healthy development of the metaverse.
Xun, Yijing and Zheng, Xiabing, "Exploring Metaverse Addiction: Lenses of Technology Affordance and Compensatory Actualization" (2023). PACIS 2023 Proceedings. 213.
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