About two weeks ago, Facebook changed its company name to Meta. Since then, people have been talking about it all the time.

Google trends data for meta

Looking at the Google Trends data, we can see a huge spike in the search volumes of both “Meta” and “Metaverse”. Though, the former was significantly more searched.

In Gary Vee's interview with Mark Zuckerberg (link in Weekly Inspirations below), Mark talks about his vision for building a metaverse as an advancement of today's social media platforms.

In his words, social interactions between humans started with the text. As technology advances, we started interacting using photos, then videos. And then we have Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), though those haven't been used much other than in the realm of gaming.

But technology has to go forward, nothing stays still. Naturally, the metaverse β€” where we could create a virtual identity/avatar to interact with others using VR/AR β€” is going to be the next big thing.

Matter of fact, Mark said they've been working on building this metaverse thingy for seven years now.

This brings me to the realization that I recently had:

Over the last six months or so, I've been playing NBA 2K21/22. I'm not a huge gamer, and I've always thought it's stupid to spend time on neverending games.

But as I'm getting older and spending more and more time alone, video games have been an emotional outlet for me when I want to escape from life. And the virtual world or metaverse 2K Games has created is a great example.

I spent real money buying the virtual currency (VC) in the game to upgrade my player and customize its appearance. It feels like my identity in that virtual world. It's a representation of me.

Of course, this is not something new. People have been spending real money on online games for years. And there are plenty of other games that have their virtual world in which players can have an identity and mingle with others. Fortnite is another example.

But gaming is just the tip of the metaverse iceberg. For many years, video games are the only thing that has a metaverse to which we can escape from life.

Not anymore. As aforementioned, people behind Meta (previously Facebook) Inc. have been working on this metaverse thingy for seven years. And the fact that they decided to change the name from Facebook to Meta is a public declaration about how they're not a social company and that social media isn't their main goal.

If we really think about it, social media is about connecting with other people. And so is metaverse. In the grand scheme of things, social media is only part of the metaverse. And now that the technology is nearly there, it makes sense for them to implement the change and tell the world what they're really about.

So what does all this mean to you and me?

Honestly, I don't know. On the one hand, I'm excited about the metaverse not only for the immersive experience that we will get but also the money-making opportunities as an internet marketer.

The effectiveness of Facebook ads has been significantly affected by iOS 14 & 15, I'm excited about what the metaverse has to offer for online advertisers.

But on the other hand, I'm worried about the future lifestyle that I might potentially develop with the metaverse. I'm already an anti-social person, and while using the latest tech products is great and all, it's probably getting more and more unhealthy.

Not to mention the massive contrast between our virtual avatar and real-life identity. Mrwhosetheboss has a great video talking about this, link in the Weekly Inspirations below.

In the metaverse, you could create any type of avatar and customize it however you want. But at the end of the day, everything in that world is fake. It's designed to help you escape from real life and give you artificial happiness/satisfaction.

However many hours you spend in that world, you have to close the app and get back to real life. What if someone severely struggles with self-love couldn't accept the reality after spending too much in the perfect metaverse and ended up killing themselves?

Sure, this is just pure speculation. But I'm worried about the negative impact this technological advancement would bring to our mental health. And the more I think about it, the more important I think it is to get into personal development and practice mindfulness.

It's okay to try things out, but if our minds aren't strong enough and if we struggle to prioritize the important things in life, we'll end up being controlled by those amazing technological innovations. Just like how we did with social media, except this time with metaverse, it's on a whole new level.

Let's hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Talk soon,

Weekly Inspirations

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In this interview, Gary Vee and Mark Zuckerberg talk about why Facebook changed its name to Meta, what Facebook's future visions are, NFT, etc. I've seen other tech YouTubers interview Mark, but the questions Gary brought up are just something no other YouTubers could even think of. This interview is an absolute eye-opener.

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In this video, Arun from Mrwhosetheboss talks about the metaverse β€” the good and the bad. He brought up some great points that I wouldn't have thought of otherwise. A great, thought-provoking video.

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