Science tells us the obvious: 3D does nothing more than cause headaches

I have been known to complain about the insistence of Hollywood making nearly every film it releases in 3D. Not only does it cost us, the movie-goers, more to see the film, but it also costs theater owners, as they are tasked with covering the cost of the glasses and technology needed (which is why the ticket prices are more expensive than standard 2D films). It’s also just completely unnecessary and really not that fantastic once you get past the obvious.

According to a study by L Mark Carrier (California State University), 3D films do not allow viewers to experience more intense emotional reactions, are no more immersive¬†¬†and do not offer any advantage over their 2D counterparts in terms of enhancing the ability to recall a film’s details. Carrier’s study did, however, suggest that watching films in stereoscope increased threefold the risk of eyestrain, headache or trouble with vision.

No surprise there, huh?

“All other things being equal, I would say you’re increasing your chances of having some discomfort,” Carrier stated at the America Psychological Association’s annual meeting. “There aren’t going to be any benefits in terms of understanding the movie better or making the movie more meaningful, as far as we can tell.”

Just another reason why Hollywood needs to stop with the 3D now. We do not need The Lion King in 3D, which yes, unfortunately is coming. What’s next? Schindler’s List in 3D. Just STOP IT ALREADY.

From The Guardian.

5 thoughts on “Science tells us the obvious: 3D does nothing more than cause headaches

  • August 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Personally I hate a 3D movie. Being a glasses wearer makes it incredibly uncomfortable. I have to wear the 3D glasses over my current glasses and it makes the effect harder to see while also pinching the tip of my nose. 30 minutes in and I’m ready to go. While the gimmick has certainly improved since the 50’s, it’s still riddled with problems and is quite un-neccessary. Just say no to 3D. Let the movie sell itself instead of hoping the added feature will entice…i.e scratch and sniff. Spy Kids 4D will be just as terrible in 2D.

  • August 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Fright Night was almost ruined because the 3D was so bad. It was so murky you almost couldn’t tell what was going on on-screen. I always choose the 2D version when it’s available.

  • August 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    3D movies are pretty much never open captioned, but I did catch a couple (uh, since Avatar is heavily subtitled anyway) and, yeah. sometimes it can really make my eyes water because my brain knows something is up.

  • August 25, 2011 at 1:42 am

    kind of like how everyone went nuts for imax ages ago. i’m oneo f the folks that “should close [their] eyes if youf eel dizzy”

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