Ubiquity of VR: Towards Investigating Ways of Interrupting VR Users to Obtain Their Attention in Public Spaces

Yu Wang, Raphael Johannes Schimmerl, Martin Kocur, Philipp Wintersberger

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The portability of mobile virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) allows users to immerse themselves in a virtual environment wherever they want at any physical place. While mobile VR has the potential to become ubiquitous as smartphones, it is still rarely used. Social acceptability is an important factor determining the usage of mobile technology. Previous work suggests that VR HMDs are considered not socially acceptable during social interaction. However, it is still unknown why the acceptance of mobile VR is reduced when being surrounded by other people. Therefore, we conducted two studies to investigate if and how interruptions by bystanders while wearing a mobile VR HMD contribute to reduced social acceptability. In the first study, we performed an observation in natural environments to find out how people interrupt VR users. In the second study, we used the same set of scenarios in an online survey to gather the opinions of a larger user group. Our results reveal still high skepticism towards VR use in public spaces, which can be mitigated partly by VR experience.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVirtual Reality and Mixed Reality - 20th EuroXR International Conference, EuroXR 2023, Proceedings
EditorsGabriel Zachmann, Krzysztof Walczak, Omar A. Niamut, Kyle Johnsen, Wolfgang Stuerzlinger, Mariano Alcañiz-Raya, Greg Welch, Patrick Bourdot
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783031484940
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event20th EuroXR International Conference, EuroXR 2023 - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 29 Nov 20231 Dec 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume14410 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference20th EuroXR International Conference, EuroXR 2023


  • Field Experiments
  • Safety Concern
  • Social Acceptance
  • Virtual Reality


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