Beware Cyber Sickness

millennialsWith so many adults and kids spending increased time in front of bright screens, some may be experiencing what behavioral health experts call Cyber Sickness, a feeling similar to motion sickness. While researchers have linked this technologically induced feeling to virtual reality, some have found that it can result from spending extended periods of time looking at screens.

It appears that prolonged screen time can confuse the brain by making it think you’re moving. Visual messages from the eyes fail to synch with the inner ear and other receptors that tell the central nervous system you are moving. While symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, headaches and poor balance can be experienced by children and adults, it seems to be most common in people prone to motion sickness. If you’re spending inordinate amounts of time in front of a screen, you may want to try…

  • Reduced recreational screen time
  • Taking short breaks to rest your eyes
  • Rotating between audio and virtual conferences
  • Closing your eyes or focus on something solid such as the edge of your desk
  • Use arrow keys rather than a mouse to slow the movement of screen images

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