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Thursday, April 11, 2024


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Luther Weymann

"So I remain even more mind-boggled that Meta is still spending billions marketing its Quest devices as a mass market product without evidently worrying that they tend to make half the population sick."

What? Your "mind-boggled" is predicated upon you having good parents and a moral code embedded in your upbringing that comes out in your adult personality. You actually care about people.

By now you should know that Meta is not a "caring for others" corporate culture and that order and philosophy come directly from the top man of that organization.

Martin K.

Researcher: "the [gender] effect is relatively small"

Reporting on this blog: "Researchers Found That Women Using Quest Devices Much More Likely to Experience VR Nausea."


Val Kendal

Well, given that the pharmaceutical industry, with the OK of the US government, only tests most drugs for efficacy and side effects on white men, and it is just assumed everyone else will be the same, this doesn't surprise me.

Wagner James Au

Martin, "women ended the game early twice as often as men and reported a sickness intensity that was 40% higher" is taken directly from the Iowa State article. Not sure what is meant by "relatively small" since that's not a small effect on the face of it. I'm checking with Dr. Kelly tho...

Martin K.

There are multiple problems with your headline.

One is the use of the word "nausea": there is a large range of symptoms of cybersickness, which includes things like sweating, a dry mouth, or a fuzzy feeling of discomfort, etc. A "sickness intensity that was 40% higher" does not necessarily mean that anyone has experienced actual nausea.

And those numbers alone don't mean much: if there were 4 female participants and 2 male participants who ended the game early among the 150 participants, then statistically that doesn't mean much. Similarly, a 40% higher sickness intensity could be caused by a few outliers - in particular if the overall average is very low. It's impossible to say much based on those data points alone.

And then there is the question of interpretation of the data: Would you be surprised to learn that female college students in Iowa are more likely to take good care of their bodies than male college students in Iowa? Probably not. And yet, ending a sickening experience earlier or being more willing to report symptoms of sickness might just be part of such a trend.

For these and other reasons, I'm trusting the summary of the results by the researcher much more than individual data points.

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