Chapter 13

Addiction and Pornography

Abstract

This chapter discusses the dark side of augmented reality – specifically, the potential of augmented media to reinforce negative and compulsive behaviors and to distribute such socially destructive content as pornography. Building on the discussion of ethics and personal decision making in Chapter 12, this chapter explores how the development of muscle memory through repeated AR simulations can lead to compulsive behavior and addiction. The chapter then discusses the prevalence of pornographic content in today’s digital media, how such content has already been provided in augmented form, and how the widespread distribution of pornography through AR could damage society as a whole and its most vulnerable ...

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