It turns out that you hate science for a reason
We have entered a pandemic year. Family celebrations for nearly a year have been cancelled or severely changed. We wear masks until further notice. When the vaccine is promoted nationwide, we still keep a distance from society, so the business will never proceed as usual. This means that the Zoom meeting will remain here. It’s been a year and asked other participants to mute or unmute themselves. Over the past year, we have learned more about colleagues̵
Everything went well until someone asked you to cancel the zoom: pic.twitter.com/NxE7KtRpGO
— DIVE Studios (@thedivestudios) February 27, 2021
Jeremy Bailenson of Stanford University’s Virtual Interpersonal Interaction Lab recently published a study about the psychological effects of spending a few hours a day on Zoom and other popular video chat platforms.
Result: The four problems Bailenson said stemmed from a year of video calls. Or what we usually call “zoom fatigue”.
Four reasons you hate Zoom
Problem: Extreme close eye contact is very intense.
The amount of eye contact we made in the video chat and the size of the human face on the monitor were abnormal. In a typical meeting, people will look around the room. But in the Zoom call, everyone is looking at everyone all the time. The audience becomes the speaker because people will stare at you even if you don’t speak.
Solution: Bailenson suggested to switch the “Zoom” option from the full screen option and reduce the size of the “Zoom” window. He also suggested using an external keyboard to increase the private space between himself and the grid.
Problem: Watching videos for a long time is very tiring.
During the discussion, most video platforms will display the square in the shape you see on the camera. Byronson said, but this is unnatural. “In the real world, if someone keeps walking around with you in a mirror-so that when you talk to people, make decisions, provide feedback, get feedback-you see yourself in the mirror, that’s crazy. No one will think about this,” he added.
A Twitter user pointed out that this disconnection is shocking and unremitting, and can be extended to our voices.
My video is on, my voice is on
Zoom zoom pic.twitter.com/VvhZfRC55L
-lune❦ (@lunebat) February 27, 2021
Solution: Bailenson suggested that the video conferencing platform modify the default practice of streaming video to presenters and viewers when it only needs to send videos to viewers. The presenter can use the “Hide Self-View” button, which you can do by right-clicking on your own photo.
Problem: Video chat greatly reduces our mobility.
Face-to-face and phone chat allows people to move. But when using Zoom, most people must stay in the same place, otherwise the focus of the camera will be discarded. This means that your movement is subject to some unnatural restrictions.
Solution: Bailenson suggested that people consider the room they are chatting in. Sitting next to the screen allows you to walk and doodle in a virtual conversation like in a face-to-face meeting. In addition, you can turn off the video from time to time, which will give you a short non-verbal break.
Problem: In video chats, the cognitive load is much higher.
Bailenson pointed out that in a typical face-to-face interaction, nonverbal communication is natural. But in video conversations, we work harder to communicate and receive signals. The study pointed out that gestures may mean different things in the video environment. Glancing sideways at someone in a face-to-face meeting is very different from someone in the chat grid who looks at the dog who just started scratching on the door from the screen.
We can all be connected-constantly scanning and thinking about nonverbal communication is already tiring.
I think I received too many #zoom calls this week. pic.twitter.com/X2FTXSkBMa
—Kristin Kisska, author (@KKMHOO) February 27, 2021
Solution: In a long meeting, make sure to give yourself a “pure audio” break. Bailenson said: “Not only is you turning off the camera so that you don’t have to perform non-verbal activities to take a break, but you can also move your body away from the screen so that within a few minutes you won’t feel choked by gesture shaking . Perceptually realistic, but meaningless to society.”
Bailenson continued his exhaustive research on video. If you are interested in measuring your zoom fatigue, you can investigate and participate in research projects here.
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