“I’ve had people tell me they wouldn’t put the television up there again,” said Anthony Lamacchia, of McGeough Lamacchia Realty, in Waltham. “It looks cool, but it’s not as comfortable.”
The normalization of massive screens has caused what mental-health professionals may someday recognize as screen dysmorphic disorder, which causes sufferers wrongly to see enormous televisions as small.
“I’m sorry we didn’t get the 60-inch,” said Ken Richards, a retired Toyota dealership manager from the South End. He recently bought a 55-inch set for his second home in West Palm Beach, Fla. The set seemed ample at the time of purchase — a mere two months ago — but now it looks puny. “Once you see the 70- and 80-inch sets . . . ” he said, wistfully.
K.C. Wolbert, executive director of Inner Media Solutions, in Framingham, recalled a customer who recently upgraded from a 70-inch to a 90-inch — during the installation. “Once you put it on the wall,” Wolbert said, “the TV looks smaller than people think it will.”
Or not. In Newton, jewelry designer Emily Kuvin, who has been engaged in a television-in-the-bedroom conversation with her husband for the entire duration of their marriage, says she would never allow an 80-inch television to get near one of her walls.
“It would have a bigger presence in our home than any of the humans,” she said. “Having my kids addicted to their phones and laptops and tablets is bad enough, but this would be the mother of all screens.”