iOS 7 users are reporting that all the zooming and sliding going on in Apple’s latest operating system is making them sick…
Triggers and symptoms vary, but TidePool mobile app developer Jenni Leder’s experience is not uncommon. A self-professed power-user, she frequently switches apps; but on iOS 7, this has caused headaches and feelings associated with motion sickness. “I now have to close my eyes or cover the screen during transitions, which is ridiculous,” she told The Guardian, adding that there’s nowhere to hide: “It’s not apps that affect me, but accessing them. Tap a folder and the view zooms in. Tap an app and it’s like flying through the icon and landing in that app’s micro world — and I’m getting dizzy on the journey there.”
Read on, as this phenomena is pinned on not-so-uncommon disorders of the vestibular system i.e. people who easily get seasick.
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Yours truly gets sick if he reads in a moving car – it’s happened as long as he can remember. And despite spending an inordinate amount of time on boats, particularly offshore, during a significant portion of his early life, he gets seasick. Bad. As in whenever he ventures into more than two feet of water via boat, he is either wearing those nifty pressure point bracelets on his wrists or he is puking his guts out.
I probably have a vestibular disorder similar, if not exactly, like that opined on by the experts-that-be quoted in the above-linked article. Strangely, however, I don’t get sick using iOS 7. The question is “why?”, but I have an answer for you already…
I don’t stare at my fucking iPhone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
I have seen people driving down the road staring at their iPhones; stopped at green lights staring at their iPhones. Watched someone knock over a display of glassware in a store, while staring at their iPhone. Bump into an unrelated baby stroller, while staring at their iPhone. Observed untold numbers of folks standing in bars – an obvious venue for potentially lucrative face-to-face interaction – staring at their goddamn iPhones. They will get hit by a bus sooner or later while “liking” what their “friend” ate for lunch – the eulogy will say “they faithfully clutched their iPhone till the tragic end.” To those described herein, the iPhone is a crutch – I consider it more akin to an anchor.
Simple advice: Put down the iPhone and take a look around – if you’re still dizzy it’s only because you were missing a whole lot of something while your focal point was fixed on a bunch of nothing.
MG signing off (because Occam’s razor holds true time and time again)
Editor’s Note: This post was duly filed under “smartphone addiction” because that is exactly what these dizzy users are afflicted with. Only footnoted because the author is but a casual observer and hence cannot legally dispense medical advice, including but not limited to that in the psychiatric realm.