Notifications to insurance domestic accidents related to Virtual Reality as the use of viewers have increased 31 percent during the past year 2021, while in the last five years this figure reaches 68 percent.
This follows from the data of the insurer Aviva provided to the British newspaper The Guardian, which has analyzed the damage in the real world, such as in domestic furniture, caused by headset users while playing video games in Virtual Reality or experimented in the metaverse.
The average damage per domestic accident reported to insurance for the year 2021 was 650 pounds (777 euros to change current). The most common is the breakage of technological devices in the home such as televisions.
According to data from Aviva, last year there was a 31 percent more accident reports of this type than in 2020. Compared to 2016, domestic incidents related to Virtual Reality increased by 68 percent.
Among the related cases covered by the policies, the company has cited a user who threw the remote at the television and broke it while playing a zombie video game, or a boy who broke two figures design over the fireplace by making a swipe 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. owned by Aviva in the UK.