By: Shelby Hoover
We’ve all seen advertisements for it. We pay extra to see it at movie theaters. We can even now buy it for our homes. I’m talking about 3D Televisions of course. But just how “great” is this feature? Are there any repercussions for our bodies? Our minds? Our pocketbooks?
For those of you who have not ever been to a 3D movie screening, the way it works is you pay approximately 3 dollars extra and get a pair of “3D” glasses, aka, a goofy pair of plastic black framed glasses with special lenses on them to make the movie appear as if it is right in front of you in 3-dimensions as opposed to just being on a screen. You don’t get to keep these glasses mind you, but you are supposed to recycle them at the end of the film, thereby paying an extra 3 dollars to wear goofy glasses for a couple hours to make the viewing experience different.
The average person watches 16-20 hours of television a week. The best television brand on the market at the moment is a Samsung television. The average 46 inch Samsung television costs nine hundred dollars, while the Samsung 3D television, at the same size, costs two thousand dollars. That’s eleven hundred dollars of a difference to watch in 3D. Including only two pairs of 3D glasses. If you have more than two people watching, you need to get more pairs of 3D glasses, and those cost approximately one hundred and fifty dollars for each pair. The average family of four would then need to buy two extra pairs. That’s 300 dollars. So in total, that’s 2,300 dollars for just the hardware to be able to watch 3D television. I’m not even going to go into the costs of 3D channels.
Now the health risks. On the Samsung website, there is a warning page about their 3D TVs. The Warning says, “Viewing in 3D mode may cause motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain, and decreased postural stability. It is recommended that users take frequent breaks to lessen the likelihood of these effects. If you have any of the above symptoms, immediately discontinue use of this device and do not resume until the symptoms have subsided” (http://www.samsung.com/au/tv/warning.html). The problem with this idea is that 3D television watchers aren’t going to want to take frequent breaks from their Television. If a movie is on, the likely hood of someone stopping watching to give their eyes a break isn’t very practical or likely.
There are many trends in pop culture. It seems that the 3D television is trying to become the newest. 3D movies have been popular for a while now but the question is, will 3D televisions really last? Or will it simply be the next A-track?