Watching 3D TV for hours makes viewers nauseous?


We’ve heard reports that 3D TV can make viewers dizzy, nauseous and disorientate the brain, causing eye strain and headaches. One network, UK-based Sky TV, launched its first dedicated 3D channel in October. Two months later, a study showed 3D TV can make up to 20% of viewers physically sick.

The broadcaster, which uses the technology to show regular programming as well as films and sporting events, has asked Newcastle University to conduct a study into the format’s effects on viewers. A Sky spokesman told the UK Daily Mail: ‘We are conducting research into 3D, as we do regularly with our products and services to make sure they best match the demands and behaviors of our customers. The response we’ve had from Sky 3D homes so far has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Hundreds of thousands of Britons have already bought 3D-compatible television sets. But despite the format’s success with consumers, the Association of Optometrists there has said more research is needed into its long-term effects.

James Sutton, an optometrist and founder of pharmacist Butterflies Healthcare, told the paper that 3D “forces the eyes to work extremely hard…For many people, especially children, it causes eye strain, headaches and dizziness.’

Experts do not recommend allowing those under eight to regularly use 3D glasses, because their eye muscles are still developing. Some CE manufacturers have issued disclaimers on 3D TV sets to protect themselves from legal claims. They warned that the technology may cause viewers to experience ‘motion sickness’, ‘disorientation’ and ‘eye strain’.

Another 3D device causing headaches is the Nintendo 3DS, said the story. Hundreds of angry users have complained that playing on the console makes them feel “unwell.” Gamers have reported side-effects including dizziness, nausea and headaches.

The Nintendo 3DS, which has two screens, a built-in motion sensor, three cameras and can also double as a pedometer, represents a major breakthrough as it is the first console to allow users to experience games in 3D without the need for special glasses. The technology is different to that employed by the manufacturers of 3D televisions.

RBR-TVBR observation: The hope is that some newer sets which don’t require 3D glasses like those offered from Toshiba, will be easier on the eyes. Unlike the Nintendo DS, these sets don’t require two screens. We also hope the proliferation of 3D sets doesn’t end up causing liability issues similar to those in old Steve Martin movie “The Jerk.”