A new study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology reveals that watching nature on TV can contribute to the well being of an individual. The study also found that experiencing nature in Virtual reality will contribute more towards eliminating boredom and negative thoughts in people.
The research involved 96 participants who have induced boredom by watching a video of the supply chain. Afterward, they were made to watch underwater scenes of coral reefs either on TV or on VR with a 360 video or on a VR with a computer-generated graphics. The researchers found all of these viewing reduced the negative impacts and boredom activities, but virtual reality had the maximum impact. Experts say that this could be helpful for coping with stress in a population who are staying indoors for longer periods. Experts add that, especially in times like COVID-19, where people are confined to doors for longer periods can face stress for a longer time. So, nature programs can offer an accessible way for populations to get the benefit from the ‘Dose of Digital Nature’.
One of the co-authors added that virtual reality could help us in the well-being of people who are reported to their beds due to prolonged illnesses. It will also help people to connect more with nature and act as a driving force towards protecting and preserve nature. The team worked with the BBC Natural History Unit to create their experimental conditions, which featured footages from the Blue Planet II series.
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