Will the metaverse change our body language?

Body language and gestures are deeply embedded into us and are  acquired at birth. They also reflect our identity, including culture, sex, and age.

How will body language be transferred to virtual reality and the metaverse? Will we develop new types of gestures?

Some traditional habits, such as not using your hands too much to support your verbal arguments, may be changed, CNET argues:

My hands stayed too still. Moving my hands more and animating made my avatar more expressive. I had to learn to perform, in a sense, to better express myself as a human.

So far, in the metaverse frantic coverage, there is very little information on the impact on human communication, including changes in body language. It is not surprising. As CNET argues:

The most difficult things to do, programmatically, are the things that make us most human.

It remains to be seen if existing body language will adjust to the metaverse, or if virtual reality will nurture a new way of non-verbal communication.

Epic and Lego: how to protect children in Metaverse?

Epic Games (operated by Fortnite) and Lego have started a partnership to create a virtual space aimed at kids. The two companies will combine their respective expertise in online gaming.

A new element is that, at the outset of their partnership, they set three policy and governance principles for virtual spaces for children:

  • protect children’s right to play by making safety and well-being a priority;
  • safeguard children’s privacy by putting their best interests first;
  • empower children and adults with tools that give them control over their digital experience.

Safety and the rights of children are likely to be the first area where governance and policy rules for Metaverse will be developed.