Is a Virtual Ferrari as Good as the Real One? Children’s Initial Reactions to Virtual Reality Experiences

Zbigniew Bohdanowicz, Jarosław Kowalski, Katarzyna Abramczuk, Grzegorz Banerski, Daniel Cnotkowski, Agata Kopacz, Paweł Kobyliński, Aldona Zdrodowska, Cezary Biele

2020 W: Human Systems Engineering and Design II : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design (IHSED2019): Future Trends and Applications, September 16-18, 2019, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Munich, Germany / Tareq Ahram, Stefan Picki, Redha Taiar, Waldemar Karwowski; Cham: Springer, s. 397-403

The Virtual Reality (VR) world is very suggestive as it intensely affects the senses of vision, hearing and—to a limited extent—touch. It can be expected that in the near future VR will be widely disseminated and used by people of all ages, including children. We decided to conduct a qualitative research project to assess children’s (aged 7–12) first reactions to the use of VR. Children’s opinions and reactions gathered during the interviews indicate that children highly appreciated the attractiveness of the virtual experiences, which were often assessed at a similar or higher level than their real-world counterparts. Our findings clearly suggest that children very easily adopt VR without any prior experience with that technology. We recommend that studies on children’s behavior in VR are continued.