Virtual characters have real impact

Research from the US psychologist Blascovich shows that humans in virtual environments behave exactly the same towards virtual people as they do towards real people in the real world. Even if those computer animations do not look very realistic. It seems that the human mind has a built in mechanism to react in a social way. Writes Blascovitch It is nearly impossible, not to be fooled.

Based on Blascovitch's findings, can we say that virtual meetings where everyone is replaced by virtual characters have to be taken seriously? Should we establish rules for real people selecting virtual characters other than their own electronic clones? At professional and serious virtual meetings, only virtual clones should be used not to fool other participants?
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