Cybersickness is caused by a mismatch in sensory input involving the:
When you look at a screen, your eyes signal your brain that there’s a lot of movement. But your vestibular and proprioceptive systems tell your brain that all is steady.
It can make you lightheaded and sick to your stomach.
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Cybersickness doesn’t involve actual movement, so technically they are two different things. But the result is the same.
With cybersickness, it’s not actual movement like on a boat that triggers it. It’s only the perception of movement that sets off the symptoms.
Like motion sickness, some people experience cybersickness at the tiniest provocation while others are unaffected.
Focusing on a steady object can help.
Motion sickness is that nauseated, disorienting feeling that happens on boats, in cars, and on rides. Like motion sickness, cybersickness occurs when your senses send conflicting signals to your brain.
It’s all about orientation. You need your senses to get a feel for where you are and how you’re moving about the world. When you’re senses report contradictory info to the brain, you experience disorientation and physical symptoms.
Prevention is key. These tips may help:
If you’ve felt that nagging pain behind your eyes after staring at your digital devices all day, you’ve probably experienced it, too. Often, it manifests in the form of:
Similar to the old myth that if someone is sitting too close to the big tube TV, you would ruin your eyes, there are some new myths and facts about how screens affect our vision.
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