Ever have ‘Zoom fatigue?’ These are the causes and how to fix them, researchers say

Ever have ‘Zoom fatigue?’ These are the causes and how to fix them, researchers say

Ever feel worn out after wrapping up a series of video meetings? You may be dealing with what’s called “Zoom fatigue.”

A study from Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab highlights four causes for your videoconferencing exhaustion, and how to fix it. The findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal Technology, Mind and Behavior.

Jeremy Bailenson, the author of the study and founding director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab, said there are four issues that lead to “Zoom fatigue”:

Too much close-up eye contact. Our faces are much larger on the screen than they would appear in a real-life encounter, says Bailenson. Plus, our view of others is set up to simulate maintaining eye contact. “On Zoom, behavior ordinarily reserved for close relationships – such as long stretches of direct eye gaze and faces seen close up has suddenly become the way we interact with casual acquaintances, coworkers, and even strangers,” Bailenson writes.

Viewing yourself during the call. Yes, having to see your perspective during a video call is “stressful,” says Bailenson, comparing it to having someone follow you around the office holding a mirror near you.

Lack of mobility. Because Zoom calls use a fixed view, users can’t really move around during a meeting or phone call, whereas phone or in-person conversations sometimes allow participants to walk around.

Extra effort for non-verbal cues. We’re still communicating on Zoom without using words, but “users need to work harder to send and receive signals,” Bailenson says…Read more>>