Zoom Fatigue is one thing. Here’s how to minimize it.


Workers forced to endure an endless series of meetings on videoconferencing platforms, including Focus on video communications (NASDAQ: ZM) and Microsoft‘s (NASDAQ: MSFT) The teams left tired and exhausted. The problem has been dubbed “Zoom Fatigue”, but until recently it was not clear why this happened. Recent research has uncovered the causes of the phenomenon and what users can do to minimize its impact.

On this clip from Motley Fool Live, registered on February 24, Jason Hall, host of “The Wrap,” and Danny Vena, Fool.com contributor, dig deeper into the research and provide simple steps to help keep the problem at bay.

Jason Hall: Danny Vena, let’s talk about “zoom fatigue”. I think I saw the same article that you may be referring to here.

Danny Vena: It’s something they’ve been talking about for a year now. Essentially, people who spend a lot of time in video conferencing tend to come out tired and fatigued. Now, they’ve done a study, and this study actually addresses some of the reasons it’s happening and what you can do about it. The new study came out of Stanford …

Jason Hall: Are you about to walk us through some Swedish gymnastics and stretching exercises here, maybe some yoga or some spirit …

Danny Vena: No. A little mental gymnastics.

Jason Hall: Understood.

Danny Vena: Stanford University communications expert Jeremy Bailenson looked into the phenomenon, explained the reasons for it, and made four proposals to combat the so-called Zoom fatigue.

The first is that during one-on-one meetings, participants tend to break eye contact and shift their gaze when looking at notes or looking at what’s going on around them. When you join a Zoom meeting or join a Microsoft Teams video conference you tend not to overdo it, there is a dramatic increase in eye contact.

If you exit full screen mode, which you can easily do, this will help you. The faces you are looking at will be smaller and will help minimize the impact.

Secondly, during Zoom meetings, participants tend to spend an inordinate amount of time looking at each other and therefore people tend to be overly critical, they notice every little imperfection. You may remember it Align technology (NASDAQ: ALGN), the company that supplies Invisalign tooth straighteners, has reported a dramatic increase in the number of people wanting to straighten their teeth, what it has dubbed the “Zoom Effect”. To help fight this.

Jason Hall: See them, right here.

Danny Vena: [laughs] Those there. Many videoconferencing platforms will allow you to either hide your own image so as not to see or just downplay your image when you’re not the featured speaker so you can stop staring at yourself.

Thirdly, when you are in a meeting in person, even if you are sitting for a long time, you will notice that people tend to move around, they adjust their seats, get up and walk around, it is not always convenient or easy to do in a Zoom meeting.

Resist the temptation to sit still all the time and sit in the same position and also position your camera further. This way, it will give you the ability to move around a bit while still being visible on your camera.

ultimately, He suggests give yourself an audio-only break. The reason is that a video call is more taxing, producing a higher cognitive load on your brain than a face-to-face conversation. People tend to subconsciously try to interpret nonverbal cues they see as when another person is looking down, or people tend to make exaggerated gestures, like a thumbs-up or a nod.

If you have a longer call, take a few minutes, not only turn off your camera, but also turn away from the screen so you are not constantly staring at people on the screen, and this will give your brain the opportunity to distance itself from interpreting those movements and gestures of other participants, which he believes probably make no sense. in any event.

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