Here's the results of my survey of VR and nausea as reported by readers of this virtual world/gaming blog. 109 people participated, 56% men, 40% women, 4% trans. This pie chart summary of results is a bit difficult to read by gender, so here's the key data:
- All participants who report feeling nausea from VR “often or intensely”: 35%
- Male participants who report feeling nausea from VR “often or intensely”: 21%
- Female participants who report feeling nausea from VR “often or intensely”: 52%
This is a massive, 31% difference of reaction to virtual reality based on male/female gender. And yes, while this is a non-scientific survey, it is also targeted at readers who are regular users of virtual worlds/MMOs -- -- i.e. one of the top target markets for virtual reality. Perhaps that's why female participants actually report less nausea than rigorous academic studies -- in two recent peer-approved papers, women were reporting sickness from VR at rates of 75% or more.
Looking at the data from the other direction, the differences by gender are just as stark: