What is Zoom Fatigue? How to avoid it.

Our life has changed significantly after the covid19 pandemic. And it has brought some new problems too. When most companies are using work from home as an option, then video games have become an essential tool. To no surprise, our video calls on Zoom has brought a new term, ‘Zoom Fatigue.’

Zoom Fatigue means the tiredness that you feel while doing your office work from home.
Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, recently published a paper in which he found:

That there is an “unnatural” amount of eye contact within these meetings via video. Typically, in a session, people concentrate on the one who is speaking. However, video conferencing allows a user to observe all people in the meeting at once. The videos surfacing on the screen are in a close-up form, and Bailenson stated that a face this close (on-screen) allows the human brain to understand it as an intense situation.

To FIX this ‘Zoom Fatigue.’, he has urged people to keep the videos/ tabs smaller and not take it as an intense affair.

That in most meetings, people also keep looking at themselves in the camera, making them more aware and observant of themselves. Usually, this is not the situation when in a regular meeting that takes place in the office.

To FIX this ‘Zoom Fatigue’, it is advised to hide self-view after making all the necessary adjustments.

The third reason posted out by Bailenson is that video chats can reduce mobility among people to a large extent. According to him, usually in-person and audio phone communications can allow people to walk around and move, which is unlikely with video conferencing. Since most cameras have a set field of view, a person is held in the same spot.

To FIX this, Bailenson has recommended people think more about the room in which they’re video conferencing. An arrangement that can allow people to place the camera a little far and create distance or flexibility can help.