It is very easy for VR relationships to blossom within the digital space, as users experience fantasies and challenges together.
These exhilarating shared experiences can bring a relationship into focus.
The adventures become joint intimate stories and memories – and the two individuals begin exploring themselves as a couple as well as travelling the VR world.
For those in love, the times that you are not in the VR world can become fraught with longing for the other person – and the reality you have created.
The ability to experience such connection and emotion can be far more immersive in VR, as time is dedicated specifically to “playing out” the relationship.
It can even be used as a place for couples to experiment with living together while still physically being far apart.
The long-term results and impacts of love and relationships in virtual reality are yet to be seen and felt, but the fact is that they are happening.
Yes, there still may be those instances where a couple cannot overcome physical attributes when meeting in the real world after joining together in VR, as happens with other online relationships.
But as the boundaries between the physical and digital worlds become more blurred, humans might become less concerned with what happens in reality and rely on the strength of their virtually built emotional attachment.
* This article was first published on The Conversation. Barber is a senior lecturer in media studies at the University of Portsmouth.