According to an article in GuardianVirtual Reality (VR)-related home accidents increased 31 percent over the past year.
According to the same article, in the last five years, that figure reaches 68 percent.
The data was provided by insurer Aviva, which looked at real-world damage, other than home furnishings, caused by headset users while playing video games in virtual reality or while in the metaverse.
The report shows that the most common damage is the breakage of technological devices found in the home, such as televisions. Meanwhile, the average damage per accident reported to insurance during 2021 was $878 dollars.
The article indicates that during the past year, 31 percent more accident reports of this type were registered in relation to 2020.
The cases mentioned by insurance companies are quite striking. The report shows the case of a woman who threw the remote at the television and broke it while she was playing a zombie video game.
The report also tells of a boy who destroyed two designer figures above the fireplace of his home by making a sudden swiping motion while wearing a visor.
“These devices can be a great source of fun, but we encourage people to be aware of their surroundings and take a look at their home insurance to make sure it suits their needs,” said Kelly Whittington, director of claims at owned by Aviva in the UK.