NEW YORK TIMES - Nevermet is one of a growing number of virtual reality (VR) dating services that allow users to match with other VR enthusiasts and then arrange a meetup somewhere in the metaverse. There's also Flirtual or Second Life’s Lonely Hearts Dating Agency. Nevermet launched on Valentine's Day of this year, and its goal was to completely reconfigure human nature. "We intend to change the dating market, where physical attraction will become one of several factors rather than the primary way people connect," said Cam Mullen, Nevermet's CEO. Nevermet's interface is similar to those of other dating apps like Tinder or Bumble, only instead of photos, users' profiles show their metaverse avatars. Some suggest VR is a way for people to bury their heads in the sand instead of engaging with the often uncomfortable work of being a human who's looking for love in the world. But for a lot of VR users, having access to a flourishing dating life online isn't a way to avoid the wider world; it's a way to access it. VR can also be a space for users to safely experiment with their sexual identity and/or gender expression.