MI-Q Metaverse Intelligence Quotient
The rapid proliferation of technology in our society has increased concerns around mental health. According to the research, social media increased the risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, and self-harm. Let’s take that one step further and look at esports and the metaverse.
Due to the rise of gaming and esports, a new condition has been coined called internet gaming disorder. Gaming disorder was defined as a “pattern of gaming behavior (digital-gaming or video-gaming) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”
As with anything new, the Metaverse creates a level of uncertainty and will introduce unforeseen challenges that disrupt our current way of life and the way we engage in and outside of this new environment.
Again, the Metaverse has the opportunity to introduce a multiverse that will usher in a host of new situations and scenarios that our children have not experienced. Today our children struggle with Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Intelligence, and Social Awareness. These mental concerns will only accelerate if we do not apply safety guidelines and use a Metaverse Intelligence Quotient.
I’d like to introduce a new type of intelligence that will be critical as we look to create virtual, physical, and psychological safety inside of the Metaverse. The Metaverse Intelligence Quotient or what we call the “MI-Q” is grounded in the principles of AWARENESS, INCLUSIVENESS, RESPECT & EMPATHY. These A.I.R.E factors are the four pillars that make up the MI Q which I will discuss during my keynote.
Once MI-Q is applied by children while in the Metaverse there will be positive results and less opportunity for mental health issues to continue among children. Cultivating positive experiences within the metaverse by applying these four pillars will generate the protection our children need in order to thrive in this alternative world.