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18 WebsiteCompass FAQs Dr. Webbie Answers your frequently asked questions QUESTION: What exactly does metaverse mean? I keep hearing the term these days. ANSWER: The metaverse has been a hot topic of conversation recently, especially after Facebook changed its name to Meta. So it’s time we all understand what metaverse means. For decades, technologists have dreamed of an era when our virtual lives would be as important as our physical realities. Author Neal Stephenson is credited with coining the term “metaverse” in his 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash, in which he envisioned lifelike avatars who met in realistic 3D buildings and other virtual reality environments. Since then, steps have been taken toward creating a real metaverse—an online virtual world for users that incorporates augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D holographic avatars, video, and other means of communication. In the metaverse, we could play games, go shopping for outfits and objects for our digital avatars, hang out with friends at a virtual coffee shop, work with colleagues at a virtual conference, take a virtual trip around the world, and much more. Inklings of the metaverse exist today in online game universes such as Fortnite, Minecraft, and Roblox, and some work socialization tools have implemented metaverse elements into their ecosystems. In addition, cryptocurrency projects like Decentraland and The Sandbox already have their digital world up and running. Despite these developments, the metaverse concept is still relatively new and most of its functionalities remain under development. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, estimates it could take five to 10 years before the key features of the metaverse become mainstream. QUESTION: In texts and chats, do “okay,” “OK,” “k,” and “kk” send different messages? ANSWER: Yes, the various forms of the word “okay” can connote different things, especially if you use them when messaging Millennials and Gen Zers. To avoid communication misinterpretations that might lead to bad feelings, make sure you understand the message you’re sending with each one: “okay” Using the full word is the most professional way to inform others that we’ve received their message, and it’s also safe to casually use in text messages. Some people feel, however, that typing out all four letters is a waste of time. “OK” or “ok” These formats can generate a variety of responses. There are those who feel “OK” is aggressive but acceptable and view “ok” as a bit offputting. You may want to use “OK!” or “Ok!” and let the exclamation point convey enthusiasm (and make it clear you’re not angry). “k” The consensus is to not use “k” since it’s often interpreted to mean that you don’t care what the other person said. This is especially true if you receive a long, emotionally charged message and respond with the single letter “k.”That can feel like a dig to the recipient. “kk” This form of “okay” is generally seen as the one to use to avoid any suggestion of sarcasm or doubt. When you say “kk,” it simply means “gotcha,”“message received,” and “we’re good.” Plus, it’s fast to type.