Could VR be bad for your health?
Virtual-reality (VR) technology is slowly getting more popular, thanks to VR popping up in theme parks and inside museums, but is strapping on a VR helmet really good for your health?
A new study from the University of Leeds has raised some concerns about that. The researchers are worried about the strain on people’s brains from exploring 3D worlds that are shown on 2D screens close to their eyes. They are particularly concerned about the effect on children.
The study examined the effects of playing a VR game for 20 minutes on a group of 20 young people aged between eight and 12 years old, to see how it affected their vision and balance.
Researchers didn’t uncover any serious problems with the children’s eyesight, but two children found it hard to judge differences in distances, and one felt dizzy straight after playing.
There are no firm answers yet about whether VR is bad for you, but more research is planned. “It may turn out that the human brain can adapt to these unnatural pressures,” claimed the researchers.
VR could affect young people.