It may have been fun to take a Zoom test or talk to a colleague via a computer, but constant eye contact and being forced to look at yourself are what makes video calls so exhausting.
According to the latest research from Stanford University, the research has been studying All screen-based communication triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Researchers have found that constantly feeling like everyone is looking at you and having to stare at their own face is the main reason for this unique modern phenomenon.
Professor Jeremy Berenson, director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University in California, believes that Zoom calls make conversations simple and complex.
In his research, published in the journal Technology, thought and behaviorProfessor Bailenson pointed out four consequences of “zoom fatigue” caused by prolonged video chat.
According to this study, the first reason is that excessive close eye contact is very strong.
The number of times we make eye contact in video chats and the size of the faces on the screen, especially when people have large displays, are unnatural.
Studies have shown that when someone’s face is so tight, our brain interprets it as a tense situation, either “leading to mating or conflict”.
In addition, in the Zoom call, everyone has been watching everyone continuously.
Professor Byronson said: “Public speaking anxiety about social interaction is one of the biggest phobias in our population.
“When you stand there and everyone is staring at you, it’s a sense of pressure.”
He suggested that people should remove “zoom” from the full screen option and reduce the size of the window to help create a “personal space bubble” between you and others.
According to research, the second reason why we feel so tired after making long-distance calls is that we are tired from seeing our faces for a long time.
Professor Byronson continued: “In the real world, if someone keeps walking around in the mirror-so when you talk to people, make decisions, provide feedback, get feedback-you see in the mirror Own, that would only be crazy.
He suggested that people should use the “hide self view” button unless they need to speak or appear on the screen.
The third reason for the Stanford University team is that video chat reduces the number of times we walk around while talking.
If people are talking on the phone, they can move around. Professor Bailenson said that more and more studies have shown that people have better cognitive abilities when they move around.
The ultimate cause of Zoom fatigue is that nonverbal communication is more natural in normal face-to-face interaction.
We can see visual cues and gestures more easily, and in video calls, our brains must work harder.
Professor Bailenson effectively believes that humans have made conversation simple and turned it into something that requires a lot of thinking.
He said: “If you want to show someone that you agree with them, you have to nod or give a thumbs up.
“This increases your cognitive burden because you use mental calories to communicate.”
Professor Bailenson and his team also created a 15-point questionnaire designed to measure our fatigue after the video conference.
Hope this data helps quantify what makes us so tired after scaling.
Professor Bailenson concluded: “Video conferencing is a good thing for remote communication, but please think about the medium-just because you can use video doesn’t mean you have to.”