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Zoom Fatigue

Feeling tired after a day of video conferences?

👉🏼Here’s what researchers found out about causes of Zoom fatigue and some easy fixes!

A new empirical study on this topic by Virtual Human Interactive Lab Stanford University

Prof. Jeremey Bailson and team investigated the psychological reasons why virtual 2-D video conferences like with Zoom + Co. are so taxing for our brain and on our emotional energy levels.

He and his team have identified the 4 main drivers behind this phenomenon and suggests simple strategies on how to combat this.

Here are 4 reasons why:

  1. Excessive amounts of close up eye contact is highly intense.

➡Tip -Change to speaker only setting

  1. Seeing yourself on the screen all the time is real time exhausting. Its unnatural, like constantly looking in a mirror

➡Tip: Hide self-view option.

  1. Video chats dramatically reduce our mobility

➡Tip: Make more distance to your screen and camera, so you can move naturally, do things you’d naturally do in a meeting, like pacing, doodling or shifting from side to side.

  1. Cognitive load much higher in video chats

➡Tip: Reduce the long stretches of online meetings. Break after 30 minutes. Try audio only.

The researchers are hoping to uncover the root of the problem and help people and platform designers to rethink how we carry out different kinds of meeting.

For more and a link to the study have a look here:

https://news.stanford.edu/2021/02/23/four-causes-zoom-fatigue-solutions/

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