VR and the Failure of Self-Help Technology—Canadian Art

A virtual-reality art exhibition in Toronto reveals that even the most complex technologies can’t solve the riddles of human emotion.

I mediate my anxiety with my phone, in turn causing my anxiety to amplify. I reach for my phone when I think of an email I have to reply to, when I think of a recent mistake I made, read a sentence I don’t understand or remember how much work I have to do. And then, my time scrolling through Instagram leads to new anxieties: I should be working, I should be eating healthier, getting more likes. I should be working.

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