3D TV: Watching 3D TV No Worse for Kids Than Regular TV, Samsung Says

January 31, 2011 Updated: February 1, 2011

[xtypo_dropcap]A[/xtypo_dropcap]mid concerns that 3D TVs could impede the development of children’s eyes, consumer electronics maker Samsung has said that watching 3D TV is no more harmful for kids’ eyes than watching regular TV.

The Korean company said that unique health concerns over watching 3D TVs were unfounded and that the 3D images posed the same health risks to children’s eyes as regular TVs.

“An age old saying states; too much of a good thing could be a bad thing! Prolonged periods of 3D TV viewing is much the same as that of traditional TV, in that strain and deterioration on children’s eye-sight during prolonged periods of TV viewership is a well debated and understood scenario globally,” Corrie Labuschagne, Product and Marketing Manager for TVs at Samsung Electronics South Africa, said in a company statement.

Samsung, which makes consumer electronics such as TVs, cell phones, and media device players, said that while there were “potential risks to eye-care or side effects that exposure to 3D” have on children, parents should be responsible for limiting the amount of 3D TV usage kids get.

“Adults [should] continuously check on children who are using the technology and, [make] sure that sufficient rest periods are taken,” Labuschagne added.

Global sales of 3D TVs are expected to eclipse 8 million in 2011, Samsung said in the press release.