Stanford University has launched a new study on the modern phenomenon of “zoom fatigue”. Jeremy Bailenson, a communications specialist at the university, says there are four key factors that make video conferencing frustrating.
With the global pandemic of the corona virus, many people turned to video conferencing for their various affairs, and it soon became apparent that users would experience a certain kind of fatigue at the end of their workdays.
Bilenson recently published a theory in the journal Technology, Mind, and Behavior Published It describes these four factors and the solution to these problems. He emphasizes that “zoom boredom” is not specific to the zoom application and can apply to all video conferencing.
Everyone is always staring at you
The first factor is related to the stress of close eye contact between the two sides of the conversation. Unlike face-to-face conversations where people share their views and even engage in other activities, everyone is constantly looking at each other in video conferencing.
In addition, the size of the faces on the screen also affects your stress level. When you see strangers entering your safe environment and looking at you from a close distance, you become more stressed.
The solution to this problem is to reduce the size of people’s images and distance themselves from the computer screen and camera so that you can still maintain your safe and private space.
Video communication is more mind-boggling
The constant barrage of complex nonverbal cues received and received by a person can cause fatigue, Bilenson says. When you go to a video conference, you take your body out of the ordinary and you are constantly watching people.
He says some audio sessions can be held to solve this problem.
Constantly watching your face makes you stiff
When you see your face in video conferencing for hours every day, you are more likely to evaluate your personal appearance and performance. In fact, over time, you become your number one critic, and this negatively affects your mood.
To solve this problem, you can close your image during video calls. Bilenson even suggests not zooming in on a person’s image by default.
Inactivity and stillness cause fatigue
“Research has shown that movement improves our cognitive function,” says Bilenson. In face-to-face meetings, people usually move around the room and get up, but in video conferencing, everyone usually sits motionless in front of the camera from the beginning to the end of the conversation, doing nothing else.
This problem can also be solved by converting unnecessary sessions to audio mode. People can do other things during phone calls and move in the least amount of time. This will increase their productivity and reduce their fatigue.