Write a 2- to 3-page paper in APA format that describes the pros and cons of this type
of environment. Make sure to include the following information within your paper.
1. Describe what virtual environments you use (e.g., World of Warcraft, fantasy
football, Second Life).
2. Share how long you spend in these environments. Fun fact: The average
American spends nearly eight hours a day staring at screens (computer, phone,
3. Is new virtual reality technology, such as Oculus Rift, the same as an
environment such as Fantasy Football or Facebook? Why or why not?
4. How might you apply the functionalism theory to explain the virtual environment
experience for someone with social anxiety issues?
5. Include how each of the perspectives explains the concept of virtual
reality/environments. Try to view the problem from each perspective by asking
the kinds of questions a theorist would ask if they were a functionalist, conflict
theorist, or symbolic interactionist. For this this assignment, you could ask
o What is the function of virtual reality/environment? What role does this
play in our culture? (Functionalism)
o What conflicts arise because of virtual reality/environments? How do you
feel about the technology gap? Is there inequality present? (Conflict
o What does virtual reality/environment mean to us as a society? When we
interact on the Internet, explore virtual environments, and make