The Metaverse will shape our lives in the future, but Germany is far from being properly prepared for it. This is the conclusion reached by a survey conducted by the Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW) e.V. 82 percent of decision-makers say: In this country we are fundamentally unprepared for the new digital ecosystem. At the same time, the majority of decision-makers believe that the metaverse will become relevant or very relevant in the future for business (53 percent), society (56 percent) and culture (60 percent). 111 specialists and managers from companies and service providers were surveyed for this purpose. “In Asia, major cities like Shanghai and countries like South Korea are already investing hundreds of millions in Metaverse economic development. Germany must not fall behind here. We urgently need a panel of experts to define the legal, social and economic framework for the third generation of the Internet. And we need the human and institutional infrastructure quickly so that we can also focus on applications in Germany,” says Mark Wächter (MWC.mobi), chairman of the Metaverse department at BVDW. The expert survey clearly shows that the metaverse is associated with significantly more opportunities than risks. 78 percent predict completely new opportunities for e-commerce, 65 percent see Metaverse as a growth engine for the entire economy, since a completely new market can be opened up, and 63 percent expect new impulses in recruiting. On the other hand, there is the investment risk (59 percent) and the fear of a lack of sustainability: 56 percent fear that the metaverse is only a short-term trend.