Boiled down to its essence, the metaverse is a virtual, three-dimensional world where you —represented by an avatar—get to do the kinds of things that you do in real life: shop, go to dinner, attend a party, listen to music, meet new people, etc. The metaverse can also be supplemental 3D content in the real world.
It’s a shared space that constantly grows and evolves based on user decisions and interactions within the space. Even if you’re not participating in the space, the metaverse continues to exist; it doesn’t “stop” when you close your browser window.
There’s a common misconception that the metaverse is some sort of online game or virtual theme, neither of which is correct. The metaverse is, simply put, a world unto itself.