The Metaverse, Religious Practice and Wellbeing: A Narrative Review

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

Publication Date

1-1-2024

Abstract

The metaverse is touted as the next phase in the evolution of the Internet. This emerging digital ecosystem is widely conceptualized as a persistent matrix of interconnected multiuser, massively scaled online environments optimally experienced through immersive digital technologies such as virtual reality (VR). Much of the prognostication about the social implications of the metaverse center on secular activities. For example, retail, entertainment (gaming/concerts), and social networking. Little attention has been given to how the metaverse might impact religion. This narrative review explores contemporary research into online religious practice and the use of immersive digital technologies for religious purposes. This focus informs a discussion about how the metaverse, an online and immersive technology, might impact religion/religious practices. For billions worldwide, religion is an essential aspect of social identity and a cornerstone of psychological wellbeing. The emergence of the metaverse may represent a new way of connecting with an ancient source of human flourishing.

ISSN

2152-2715

Publisher

Mary Ann Liebert Inc

Volume

27

Issue

1

First Page

57

Last Page

63

Disciplines

Computer Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keywords

Internet, metaverse, psychopathology, religion, wellbeing

Scopus ID

85182088525

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Hybrid: This publication is openly available in a subscription-based journal/series

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