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Is 3-D Okay for Your Kids? - The bottom line (from the NEW YORK TIMES)

Liz Perle Editor in Chief | Mom of two Categories: Alcohol, drugs, smoking
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It's hardly headline news, but 3-D is taking over the movies. Our kids love wearing the goofy glasses (much cooler than they used to be...), and we all find it thrilling to have the screen jump out at us. But what kind of impact does 3-D have on our kids? Beside the fact that it makes scary things scarier (think of a monster jumping out at your child), 3-D also can make kids a bit queasy.

The bottom line (from the New York Times)

By ANAHAD O'CONNOR

Published: February 8, 2010

 THE FACTS: The epic science-fiction film “Avatar” has broken box-office records. But it has had some unwanted side effects. Many viewers have complained that “Avatar” and other 3-D films give them headaches, nausea, blurred vision and other symptoms of visually induced motion sickness. The problem, studies indicate, is that the films often cause unnatural eye movements. Normally, when an object approaches a person, the eyes respond in two ways. They converge, or rotate inward to follow it (as an example, extend an arm with your index finger pointed up, then slowly pull it toward your nose). At the same time, as the object approaches, the eyes focus and maintain a clear image of it by changing the shape of the lens, a process called visual accommodation. But a 3-D object flying off the screen causes sensory conflict. The eyes rotate inward to follow it, but they must also maintain a fixed focus on the display surface. So they converge without accommodating, an uncoupling of two natural processes that -- over the course of a long movie -- can be stressful. There is no proven way to prevent this. But film buffs who have sat through multiple screenings of “Avatar” say one trick is to avoid looking at unfocused parts of the scenes, which sounds a lot easier than it is.

THE BOTTOM LINE: 3-D movies can cause unnatural eye movements that induce strain and sickness. ANAHAD O’CONNOR scitimes@nytimes.com

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Personally, I don't have a problem with 3D movies. I think they're awesome to see! I mean, who wouldn't want to see a moment in a 3D movie where a character or object is heading towards you?! But if you parents have children that respond unnaturally to 3D, then maybe it would be best to take them to the eye doctor. If not, let them have an awesome experience at the cinema!
To borrow a quote from my social studies teacher, "YER ALL A BUNCHA MEATBALLS!!!". 3D is AWESOME! It really brings movies to life. So why dis it? You guyls need to quit dissing the good stuff. Then again, if you did that, I'd have nothing to argue about sometimes. I really don't agree that there's even such thing as 3D causing motion sickness. Please. People do NOT get carsick at the theater. So shut the door and go up. Most likely, those whimps would've lost their lunch, with OR WITHOUT the 3D. I never get motion sick PERIOD, and so, therefore, that's proof. It's proof because, if your theory were true, I'd already have experienced it, because I frequent movies and go to every Disney 3D rerelease in theaters since the one of The Lion King. So you're INCORRECT!!! Only whimps like those mentioned would get scared OR motion sick at 3D movies.
so, when I apply your logic to other things in life... if you jumped off a cliff and others didn't, they'd be wimps? Just cause you don't get motion sickness, doesn't mean everyone responds that way. I don't get motion sickness, but my parents do. Next time, at least try to consider how other people are different than you before going on a rant like that.