Motion sickness is worse in the modern age, here's why
Rough seas ahead
If you are susceptible to car sickness, airplane nausea, or seasickness, this article is most definitely for you. Scientists have yet to fully understand motion sickness and all of its unique—and unfortunate—symptoms.
While most people associate motion sickness with travel, as virtual reality grows in popularity, the effects of nausea are churning the stomachs of tech users around the world. When your brain enters another world, your stomach remains in reality, which could lead to some messy consequences. Yikes!
Lawrence Hettinger, a former consultant for the US Navy and NASA discussed the confusion regarding digestive system distress and outside motion.
In an interview with Quartzy, Hettinger explained that as the world shifts further and further into virtual reality, our stomachs may not be able to handle it. “It’s not just being moved,” Hettinger said. “It can happen in response to head motion just sitting there looking at a virtual environment.”
Women and those who are prone to migraines tend to have more difficulty with motion sickness and are often warned ahead of time when it comes to VR experiences. But as technology becomes more and more essential to daily life, will researchers find a way to nurse everyone's nausea?
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