The most romantic place I’ve ever been was a grassy hill overlooking a campground. It was late evening; lit-up tents and cabins dotted the valley that sprawled before us. In the distance, stood a black mountain range, the bright edges of the northern lights peering out from behind. I was surrounded by the warm night, a waxing gibbous moon, a canopy of stars.
At least, that’s what it felt like. In reality, I was sitting in the corner of a New York City office, wearing an Oculus Rift headset.
This was my first experience with Facebook Spaces, Facebooks new virtual reality platform, and for long-distance couples, like me and my boyfriend, I think it could change everything.
Social virtual reality has so far been marketed around hanging out with friends, but my initial experience with the technology showed me that it can be a way to fill the hole I feel sinking inside me whenever my boyfriend and I are apart.