Nausea, headaches, and veritgo, oh my!
Nausea, headaches, and even vertigo have been reported as arising from using iOS 7 and some experts are laying the blame within the sharpness of the screen and the new parallax feature that causes a small motion in the background and apps. While the update to a dynamic background on the latest version of iOS allows for some pretty cool subtle animations, it’s also triggering the same motion sickness that people get when in moving vehicles.
In addition to the new dynamic background, the way that apps and folders are opened has been changed to and now displays as a zooming in and out animation. Included with a dynamic background that moves with you, these new “features” causes the brain to think that the person is moving when they are actually just staying still. The conflicting information can then cause issues in people who suffer from motion sickness, ranging from headaches to nausea.
Not unique to iOS
Frederick Bonatio, a psychologist with Montclair State University has gone on the say that that the new features in iOS 7 are mostly to blame for the rise in reports of users getting motion sickness when using their phone or tablet even though this isn’t anything new or isolated to the Apple operating system:
“We haven’t done any experiments with this phone, but this is what I think is happening — it’s definitely linked to the motion of the screen. Also, the resolution is very high, so you’ve got a very sharp, clear image — moving. Seeing a three-dimensional space, on a phone you know is flat.”
While these features do come as being enabled automatically when you upgrade to iOS 7, there is a way to shut it off. If you head to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion, you can turn off the parallax effect and zooming in and out of apps. As well, there are some ways to adapt such as looking elsewhere after using your smartphone for awhile or holding the screen farther away from your face.
Have you ever suffered from motion sickness when using a smartphone or tablet? If so, how did you deal with it?