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Exploring the Darkverse: A Multi-Perspective Analysis of the Negative Societal Impacts of the Metaverse

Yogesh Dwivedi Orcid Logo, Nir Kshetri, David Hughes, Nripendra P. Rana, Abdullah M. Baabdullah, Arpan Kumar Kar, Alex Koohang, Samuel Ribeiro-Navarrete, Nina Belei, Janarthanan Balakrishnan, Sriparna Basu, Abhishek Behl, Gareth Davies Orcid Logo, Vincent Dutot, Rohita Dwivedi, Leighton Evans Orcid Logo, Reto Felix, Richard Foster-Fletcher, Mihalis Giannakis Orcid Logo, Ashish Gupta, Chris Hinsch, Animesh Jain, Nina Jane Patel, Timothy Jung, Satinder Juneja, Qeis Kamran Orcid Logo, Sanjar Mohamed AB, Neeraj Pandey, Savvas Papagiannidis, Ramakrishnan Raman, Philipp A. Rauschnabel, Preeti Tak, Alexandra Taylor, M. Claudia tom Dieck, Giampaolo Viglia, Yichuan Wang, Meiyi Yan

Information Systems Frontiers, Volume: 25, Issue: 5, Pages: 2071 - 2114

Swansea University Authors: Yogesh Dwivedi Orcid Logo, David Hughes, Gareth Davies Orcid Logo, Leighton Evans Orcid Logo

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Abstract

The Metaverse has the potential to form the next pervasive computing archetype that can transform many aspects of workand life at a societal level. Despite the many forecasted benefts from the metaverse, its negative outcomes have remainedrelatively unexplored with the majority of views grounded on...

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Published in: Information Systems Frontiers
ISSN: 1387-3326 1572-9419
Published: Springer Science and Business Media LLC 2023
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa63366
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Abstract: The Metaverse has the potential to form the next pervasive computing archetype that can transform many aspects of workand life at a societal level. Despite the many forecasted benefts from the metaverse, its negative outcomes have remainedrelatively unexplored with the majority of views grounded on logical thoughts derived from prior data points linked withsimilar technologies, somewhat lacking academic and expert perspective. This study responds to the dark side perspectivesthrough informed and multifaceted narratives provided by invited leading academics and experts from diverse disciplinarybackgrounds. The metaverse dark side perspectives covered include: technological and consumer vulnerability, privacy, anddiminished reality, human–computer interface, identity theft, invasive advertising, misinformation, propaganda, phishing,fnancial crimes, terrorist activities, abuse, pornography, social inclusion, mental health, sexual harassment and metaversetriggered unintended consequences. The paper concludes with a synthesis of common themes, formulating propositions, and presenting implications for practice and policy
Keywords: Dark side of the metaverse, Metaverse, Negative consequences, Second life, Unintended consequences , Virtual reality, Virtual world.
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funders: Swansea University. This research was supported by the UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) small grant scheme 2022.
Issue: 5
Start Page: 2071
End Page: 2114