The hottest trend in entertainment right now is 3D. Every two weeks, it seems a new 3D movie hits theaters. With the success of films like Avatar, 3D is suddenly everywhere. From Playboy Magazine to your television set and into your Google Maps, 3D is suddenly everywhere, and some people are sickened by it. Not figuratively, as in “I’m disgusted that they’re making everything into a cheap gimmick,” but literally, as in, “This is giving me a headache, I think I’m going to be sick!” Live Science has the explanation of why some people can’t handle 3D movies.
Long story short, there’s a disconnect between the eyes and brain that occurs during the viewing of 3D media. Your eyes tell your brain that you’re moving. Your proprioceptive system tells your brain that you’re sitting on your butt, watching TV. The body panics as if it’s been poisoned. That’s why everyone has the same reaction, to varying degrees.
The name of this condition, cybersickness, is appropriate. The first time I ever experienced it was when I played Doom on my cousin’s big-screen TV. Something about all the whirling polygons every time my character moved, and the lack of a central focal point, just made me as sick as I’ve ever been in my life after about two hours of gameplay. (I made my condition worse by ignoring the nausea, assuming it would pass.)
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