‘Zoom fatigue’ is taxing the brain. Here's why that happens.
If you view a single speaker at a time, you can’t recognize how non-active participants are behaving - something you otherwise would pick up with a peripheral vision.
For some people, the prolonged split in attention can overwhelm the brain by unfamiliar excess stimuli while being hyper-focused on searching for non-verbal cues that it can’t find.
A traditional phone call may be less taxing on the brain because it delivers on a promise to convey only a voice.
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2020 has thrust people into a regular virtual space.
This unofficial social experiment confirms that virtual interactions can take its toll on the brain, commonly known as Zoom fatigue. This exhaustion also applies to Google Hangout, Skype, FaceTime, or any other video-calling interface.
For those who have neurological difficulty with in-person communication, such as those with autism, the shift to video calls has been positive.
Video calls lead to fewer people talking and less filler conversation, which relieves tension and anxiety felt by autistic individuals.
Once people learn to navigate the mental overload video chatting can cause, Zoom fatigue can be reduced.
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If video calling and catching up with friends was a relaxing activity, where you can just be yourself, you would not feel fatigued.
What we have here is an added pressure to perform virtually among so many other participants, each vying for attention and validation.
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