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Why you shouldn't get a 3D television

Updated on June 6, 2011

Why you shouldn't get a 3D Television

Everyday we are advancing technology but not always for the best. The new upcoming fad is a 3D television however it is not neccesarily a good thing and here is why.

3D televisions have a high rates of causing headaches and a feeling of illness after viewing. Almost 25% of people experience different symptoms after viewing projected images in 3D. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/8272497/3D-films-TV-and-video-games-cause-nausea-and-headaches.html) The reasoning behind this is because we believe when we see an object approaching us our instict is it is actually coming near us, but then on the other hand we know that this is otherwise with a projected image. Therefore it confuses our normal thought patterns. Your telling your brain one thing while its proggramed to think another. This can be overcome after some time with training of the brain, like riding a bike, but do you want to subject yourself to the discomfort that is provided in the meantime? Not to mention with as fast as they have adapted the television over the past few years, we are sure to bypass the 3D television in a matter of time. I for one anticipate the day when we have a more advanced form of 3D such as the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_gnMOom7kE

Should we also handicap our expierence by wearing glasses? What about people who already have to wear glasses? I for one have to wear glasses in order to perform most any task, I have tried viewing two movies in a movie theater that were in 3D and needless to say glasses don't exactly fit ontop of other glasses. Trying to watch the movie through two pair of glasses made it kinda fuzzy and I had to hold one pair ontop of the other just to be able to get an idea of the movie. Which also gave me a massive migrane afterwards.

Needless to say the practicality of a 3D television doesn't fit well for home viewing. I don't know about you but I happen to do more than one thing at a time. Trying to switch back and forth from my regular glasses and 3D glasses and having to readjust my eyes everytime will probably completely ruin my vision. Even a person with good vision will probably have problems doing this.

The main push behind 3D television stems from recent numbers of viewer data's in theathers. Movies such as Avatar, The Last Airbender, Coraline and others show that there is a demand for 3D. The only thing they don't take in is the fact that your only viewing these movies for short durations and at times months between viewings. Long term viewing of such movies or shows can affect our perceptions of depth and reality in some cases.

I believe this is just a draw from major television manufacturers to cash in on technology that is an advancement yet not jump to the best they have to offer. Why miss out on easy money? As you saw in the video above from 2006 it is possible to basically have a completely 3D world surrounding you. Such as, yes a startrek idea, a holodeck. Sitting in the middle of your living room while your movie unfolds throughout the entire room. No glasses required either. I believe within the next 10 years we will see such advancements made more available such as this. I would have to rate 3D televisions as nothing more then a fad and I wouldn't go spend money on these.

-Thomas

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    • TAW Global profile image

      TAW Global 

      7 years ago

      I'm not sure if 3D television will affect long term vision.

      Using active shutter glasses I hardly think this will occur.

      Maybe with passive 3D glasses it may occur, but who watches that much television, especially 3D television.

    • JT Walters profile image

      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi buckey777,

      I a using all these excuses to my son who insists he is a cultrually deprived child because he doesn't have a big screen flat plasma 3-D TV. Great Hub!!

      JT

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