Looks like the metaverse is doing just fine.
Well, maybe it was inevitable.
Aviva, a UK-based insurance company, claims to have seen a 31% increase in home accident claims involving VR headsets in 2021, The Guardian reports, as well as a staggering 68% increase in such claims since 2016.
“As new games and gadgets become popular, we often see this reflected in customer complaints,” Kelly Whittington, UK Property Claims Manager for Aviva, told the newspaper. “In the past, we’ve seen similar trends involving consoles with handsets, fitness games, and even rogue spinners.”
VR to ER
Indeed, as VR headsets become more and more popular, stories of users destroying property and suffering serious injuries have also become more common. Aviva has witnessed complaints of multiple customers destroying their TV screens as well as other furniture and interior decorations while using their headsets.
“These devices can be a great source of enjoyment, but we encourage people to be aware of their surroundings and take a look at their home insurance to make sure it meets their needs,” Whittington said. at The Guardian.
Of course, that was predictable enough for anyone who would accidentally listened to their Wiimote through their television in the late 2000s. And that’s particularly striking because Wii sales completely eclipsed VR’s still slow adoption numbers.
After all, you could be in a weird and sad dance club in the metaverse – but in real life, you’re probably just at home surrounded by your cherished things.
READ MORE: Growing popularity of VR headsets drives 31% increase in insurance claims [The Guardian]
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