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Cyber sickness? That’s a thing

Update Date: Nov 14, 2015 01:57 PM EST

Sea sickness, car sickness and motion sickness are well known, and you may have even experienced one of them yourself, but now a new sickness is being felt around the world, and you might get it just reading this article.

Cyber sickness is gaining acceptance among medical and media professionals, the symptoms of nausea, dizziness, and headaches that might affect someone riding on a boat for the first time are now being reported in people who are using digital devices, The New York Times reports.

While they may seem unrelated, the causes of both cyber and sea sickness are actually related. Both stem from an inability to match up what your joints, inner ear, and body as a whole are experiencing with what your eyes are seeing.

Just as feeling movement you can't see, such as when you read in a moving car, can make you sick, seeing movement you can't feel can also make you sick. Cyber sickness has its roots in watching movements that one is not actually experiencing.

Studies have found that anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of people could experience cyber sickness at some time in their life and women are more likely to experience the condition then men. People with histories of migraine headaches and concussions are also more likely to suffer from cyber sickness, the Times says.

Often, the symptoms are so small that people don't even know they are experiencing cyber sickness and blame it on other, more popularly known causes.

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