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15% of people know the Metaverse: Study

15% of people know the Metaverse: Study

Last updated 23rd Sep 2022
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  • Study shows only 15% of people understand the Metaverse
  • Most people do not feel safe explaining the Metaverse
  • 3,005 people between the ages of 16 and 65 surveyed in China, US, and UK

The metaverse is a topic that has become increasingly popular over the past few years, however, only 15% of people actually know what the Metaverse is, according to a new study.

The study titled “New Realities Into the Metaverse and Beyond” by Wunderman Thompson Intelligence, shows that even though people have heard of the Metaverse, most would not feel safe trying to explain exactly what it is.

Study spans China, US and the UK

The company surveyed 3,005 people between the ages of 16 and 65 in China, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

74% of people surveyed in March had heard of the Metaverse. Still, only 15% of them said they could explain the concept of the Metaverse to another person, showing that familiarity with the concept does not necessarily equate to understanding.

Of those who understood what the Metaverse is, 74% described it as the future, 72% as the next big thing, 68% as the next internet, and 66% as life-changing.

Asked about the industries they felt would be impacted by the Metaverse, respondents said entertainment (90%), advertising (89%), retail (86%), fashion (85%), sports ( 82%), finances (82%), health (81%), beauty (80%), government (76%) and bars and restaurants (76%).

Among those who are familiar with the Metaverse, 70% believe that the retail Metaverse will be a place to shop and 68% say it will be the future of eCommerce and online shopping.

This question is at the lips of all, young and old. Like many emerging technologies, experts differ in how to define them, and there is a great deal of hype being generated. Most of the focus is on the consumer applications of the Metaverse, and many dismiss it as a consideration for the future.
Raj Kapoor, Chief Advisor, Acryptoverse

Kapoor however believes that the Metaverse is actionable and the world should get ready for it.

Like other technology, the Metaverse also comes with its concerns and challenges.

The study points out that respondents are concerned about children's privacy (72%), adult privacy (69%), data protection (69%), children's safety (66% ), and bullying (57%) when they think of the Metaverse.

Talking about the challenges in the Metaverse, Kapoor says that it should be ensured that it is developed with responsibility at the core.

“From ownership of data to inclusion and diversity to sustainability and through to security and personal safety, this work must begin now. We are, after all, on the threshold of a new decade of digital transformation, and at a defining moment for all leaders,” he adds.

Adoption and excitement are two different things and just because people are excited about a new revolution does not constitute its wide-scale adoption.
Aliasgar Merchant, Developer Relations Engineer at Ignite

Comparing Metaverse to the emergence of the internet, Merchant says, “while people were excited about the technology [internet], its actual adoption took a very long time. This could be because of a lack of understanding, fear of new challenges, etc. Similarly, people are excited about Metaverse but don’t necessarily understand its true potential and application. This is a slow and gradual process that will be done with time".

Murtuza Merchant

Murtuza Merchant

Murtuza Merchant is a senior journalist, having been associated with various publications for over a decade. An avid follower of blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies, he is part of a crypto advisory firm that advises corporates – startups and established firms on media strategies.