Legal Heroin - Immersive Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for a while, but it's not been a consumer commodity (read: affordable) until recently. The Oculus Rift is gonig to bring affordable, immersive 3D gaming/entertainment to market very soon. From a health perspective, it's important to understand the good things VR can provide (new approaches to pain management, for example) as well as the less attractive side effects of readily available VR (more obesity) -- especially given the fact that VR induces neurochemical reactions that are extremely appealing, at best.
From the Forbes Article:
It comes down to dopamine, one of the brain’s basic signaling molecules. Emotionally, we feel dopamine as pleasure, engagement, excitement, creativity, and a desire to investigate and make meaning out of the world. It’s released whenever we take risks, or encounter novelty. From an evolutionary standpoint, it reinforces exploratory behavior.