2 Girls 1 Podcast VR THERAPY

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Virtual reality is a surprisingly great tool for therapeutic conversations

Pouring your soul out as a drunk, floating anime girl.


Matt Silverman


Posted on Nov 11, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 11:19 pm CDT

The anonymity of the internet has long made it a place for confessions and bonding with strangers you’ll never meet IRL.

Virtual reality kicks it up a notch. Social spaces like VRchat allow strangers to inhabit the same “room” and communicate vocally and with body language, two aspects that differentiate it from the chat rooms of yore.

One VRchat user, Syrmor, has found the platform to be an extremely compelling place for soul-baring, therapeutic conversations. So much so, that people around the world now seek out his adorable cat avatar to have deep conversations about death, love, purpose, and abuse. Syrmor shares these incredibly intimate VR conversations on his YouTube channel, where millions watch and react to this phenomenon of “VR therapy.”

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet content on stage) talk to Symror about how he became the “Dr. Phil” of VRchat, why VR is so conducive to intimacy, the conversations that never made it to his channel, and the future of social VR.

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*First Published: Nov 11, 2019, 7:00 am CST