Why 3D Movies Make You Sick

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Ever felt nauseous or dizzy during a 3D movie? You’re not alone. Anthony explains why 3D tends to make most people sick.

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“Are There Side Effects to Watching 3D Movies? A Prospective Crossover Observational Study on Visually Induced Motion Sickness”

“The increasing popularity of commercial movies showing three dimensional (3D) images has raised concern about possible adverse side effects on viewers.”

“Why Do 3-D Movies Make Some People Hurl?”

“Nothing can ruin a good movie faster than the sudden feeling that you’re about to throw up. But for many people, the images in 3-D or IMAX movies look so real that they mess up the brain’s ability to sort out the signals coming in from the senses, and trigger that queasy feeling.”

“Study: 3-D movies leave many feeling sick”

“If you found yourself feeling a little woozy while watching 3-D films like “Avatar” or “Tron,” you won’t be surprised to hear this.”

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Distilled Meat November 19, 2013 - 10:36 AM

whenever i watch a 3D movie i always get a headache after watching for tike 30 minutes it sucks. :(

Stephen Thomas-Dorin December 2, 2013 - 10:58 AM

That must be why I find my self turning my head in 3D movies. My brain is already compensating for the lack of motion.

cricketrecords December 16, 2013 - 7:47 PM

I have never felt any adverse effects watching 3D movies and I have watched a lot of them over the years. Many eye doctors in the 1950's said that watching 3D movies actually improves the eyesight. I believe them. My vision actually seems to strengthen after watching hours and hours of 3D. Not kidding. I think people need to strengthen their eye muscles. If that many people are having adverse side effects that's quite sad. Motion sickness? Please. Toughen up, people.

Magical Math Rainbows December 20, 2013 - 6:14 AM

who said it was just technology. it might just be evolutionary in humans. we gotta get used to it.

EverythingDies89 January 22, 2014 - 1:22 AM

3-D movies give me headaches >_<  And the quality never even looks good to me.  So it's not even worth it.  I'd rather just watch a regular film so I can enjoy the story rather than have things "popping" out of the screen.

HawkSupport February 27, 2014 - 5:39 AM

I watched Transformers in 3D. I got a migraine in the first 5 minutes. 

Ethan Dunn March 10, 2014 - 9:40 PM

3D is awesome it doesn't effect me in any way :D

PasscodeAdvance December 25, 2014 - 8:27 AM

3DS movies dont make me sick

🌹 Robeon Mew 🔰 January 27, 2015 - 5:06 AM

it's all placebo. they thing its damaging their eyes. I have friends who shun the very thought of nintendo cause of 3DS

🌹 Robeon Mew 🔰 January 27, 2015 - 5:08 AM

2:00 then use moving chairs

David Johnson January 27, 2015 - 4:00 PM

It's always nice to be sent back to an old video and seeing Anthony!

Kristina Plays January 29, 2015 - 1:56 AM

Sow how will this affect VR? Occulus Rift isn't so far away.

Corona Chan January 31, 2015 - 12:01 AM

I don't feel sick, eye strain, or get headaches when watching a movie in 3D. 

adam051838 May 20, 2015 - 6:39 AM

Takes my about half an hour of eye strain but my eyes adjust eventually

Doot Skeleton December 13, 2015 - 8:33 AM

So is that why my older brother has headaches after playing 3ds in 3d?

Osvaldo Baltazar December 26, 2015 - 10:13 AM

The only way to cure motion sick drink apple tea

AASTARAA March 28, 2016 - 9:22 PM

3D games make me more sick cause me vormit than movie, specially the person control the move recorded and show others..X_X, i searching how to cure it fast

Quillz April 17, 2016 - 6:24 AM

im currently having a blind moment of my eyes i cant see very good after watching the jungle book

Quillz April 17, 2016 - 6:24 AM

im currently having a blind moment of my eyes i cant see very good after watching the jungle book

Alex Barrales November 17, 2016 - 4:11 AM

I feel more blind after watching Doctor strange in 3D

archhangell March 21, 2018 - 3:44 AM

Just watched my first 3D movie and literally had it due to headache am having now. I missed enjoying a wonderful movie properly.

gayatri ! December 2, 2018 - 1:09 AM

watched my first 3d movie this afternoon & I've been having a very bad headache since then. 😩

o March 19, 2019 - 7:29 PM

I watched a 3d movie last year only because the 2d version was sold out and that was the only day I had available to watch the movie while it was in theater. It ended up making me feel so bad (eye pain, nausea, headache) in the first couple of minutes that I had to watch the movie with the glasses off. It looked quite weird, but I was able to follow the story at least.

Alexander June 3, 2019 - 10:03 AM

3D looks horrible

Havvlen Star December 27, 2020 - 2:49 AM

It never bother me at all…probably snowflakes issues

Invader Nett May 3, 2021 - 3:50 PM

Yo yo yo yo. Who else is from Dr. Fuentes class.