Virtual Reality and Empathy Education: Exploring the Intersection of Human Technology Interaction, Social Intelligence, and the Social Construction of Technology
Abstract: Questions surrounding the impact and influence of mobile technologies and empathy have gained incredible popularity over the year. The most recent developments of affordable and accessible virtual reality (VR) have enabled users to explore empathy experiences and explore their impact and educational potential. However, concerns surrounding ethics and illusions of embodiment are still at the forefront of many innovative VR creations. Through the use of life narratives and participatory co-design process this study sets out to understand the current conditions of mobile technology practices and how empathy is shaping and being shaped by various mobile technology enabled practices. Furthermore, it examines how participants co-create low budget and accessible empathy themed virtual reality experiences (2mins), to serve as intergenerational and interactive reflections on the relationship between empathy and mobile technologies in their lives.