So my 2019 macbook pro screen's started flickering a few times a day since a few weeks ago.

I'm aware it may be fixed through Reseting NVRAM or Reseting The System Magement Controller (SMC) as suggested in this post: 2019 MacBook Pro 15 inch: Screen flicker randomly.

But I don't feel like fixing it.

I don't really mind the flickering a few times a day since it actually gives a cyberpunk feel to the whole macintosh experience.

I love cyberpunk.

I'm just wondering if this whole act of flicking is harmful to my machine's health from a machine maintenance perspective?

i.e. If I don't fix it and let the screen continue to have such random flickering and just let it be, will it slowly screw up my display? And create some form of irreversal defects?

And there will be no going back?

How should a MBP's display flickering be interpreted at first principle?

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    Just realize that you may be ignoring a fixable hardware issue. The flicker may be that same issue. It may also be something else. Better to find out now so you can get it fixed on your terms than have it go completely dark when you are busy and need the Mac for vital work. – Steve Chambers Jul 9 '20 at 20:47
  • @SteveChambers oooh thanks for the advise mate! How does one determine the probability distribution of fixable hardware issues through observing the flicking of the screen? Any tips will be appreicated! Or should I visit the Apple Score? – Archy Will He 何魏奇 Jul 9 '20 at 21:51
  • I have found flipping a coin works well in situations like this... Honestly there IS no way to tell, but your potential fix is harmless and takes all of about a minute to do. If that fails to fix it you know the issue is deeper, if it does fix it well then, you lucked out! – Steve Chambers Jul 9 '20 at 23:22

No - the LCD panel can turn on and off many, many times so if it’s that you should enjoy the show as long as you can stand it.

No - the wiring can short, but I’ve never heard of that causing any damage up or down stream. Anything is possible, but it’s highly unlikely.

No - the GPU fails in the same way as the other parts. Entertaining, then annoying, then it goes and you pay for a repair.

A video of the glitching might help isolate which of these you have, but the overall diagnosis is the same. Roll with it, don’t fret - every day you don’t pay for a repair, the better value you got and you can always pay to repair or save to replace it later.

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    ohh I see! Thanks! The flickering is quite mild at the moment, it gives off a slightly more glitchy feel v.s. say the kind that happens when one plugs & unplugs a hdmi cable very fast. Happens quite randomly at the moment but I will try to record it and maybe show it to the Apple Shore! – Archy Will He 何魏奇 Jul 9 '20 at 21:56

Never mind your MBP's health: a flickering screen can have a negative effect on YOUR health.

Spending regular time in front of a poor display can cause headaches, eye strain, fatigue, dizziness, nausea -- to say nothing of bringing on seizures in epileptics.

A 'cool cyberpunk effect' is not worth your health.

Your MBP is a relatively new machine: you may still be able to get a free repair at an Apple Shop for defective hardware. It's much better to get a small problem repaired for free, or at little cost, than a much bigger problem later on, which will cost you much more.

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