Now, date over Virtual Reality

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Hyderabad: Dating, hanging out with a friend and matchmaking all have been seriously affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, if the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) researchers at the International Institute of Information Technology-Hyderabad (IIITH) are to be believed, there is still hope at hand.Comparing interactions of students on chat-based app Tinder as well as Virtual Reality, they found that VR scored over the former in terms of gauging potential ‘real’ date material.

According to the IIITH official blog, the institute’s researchers Tejaswini Yeleswarapu and Pranav Nair under the guidance of Prof Nimmi Rangaswamy undertook a comparative study, the research findings of which have been accepted for submission to the Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) journal.
“While this is a specific experiment in a specific cultural context, it became a unique and versatile kind of HCI engagement with elements of qualitative and quantitative analysis, social science and human computer interaction,” said Prof Rangaswamy, who heads the Social and Human Applications for AI (SAHAAI) centre at IIITH.
For the study, 15 pairs of heterosexual university students aged between 18 and 23 were selected. “In the first phase of the experiment, we manually emulated the matchmaking process of online dating apps …

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