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Popular video chat platforms have de flaws that exhaust the human mind and body. But there are easy ways to mitigate their effects.

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Even as more people are logging onto popular video chat platforms to connect with colleagues, family and friends during the COVID pandemic, Stanford researchers have a warning for you: Those video calls are likely tiring you out. Professor Jeremy Bailenson examined the psychological consequences of spending hours per day on Zoom and other popular video chat platforms.

Image credit: Getty Images. Prompted by the recent boom in videoconferencing, communication Professor Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab VHILexamined the psychological consequences of spending hours per day on these platforms. Virtual meetings have skyrocketed, with hundreds of millions happening daily, as social distancing protocols have kept people apart physically.

In the first peer-reviewed article that systematically deconstructs Zoom fatigue from a psychological perspective, published in the journal Technology, Mind and Behavior on Feb. Bailenson stressed that his goal is not to vilify any particular videoconferencing platform — he appreciates and uses tools like Zoom regularly — but to highlight how current implementations of videoconferencing technologies are exhausting and to suggest interface changes, many of which are simple to implement. Moreover, he provides suggestions for consumers and organizations on how to leverage the current features on videoconferences to decrease fatigue.

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Below are four primary reasons why video chats fatigue humans, according to the study. Both the amount of eye contact we engage in on video chats, as well as the size of faces on screens is unnatural. In a normal meeting, people will variously be looking at the speaker, taking notes or looking elsewhere. But on Zoom calls, everyone is looking at everyone, all the time. The amount of eye contact is dramatically increased. Solution: Until the platforms change their interface, Bailenson recommends taking Zoom out of the full-screen option and reducing the size of the Zoom window relative to the monitor to minimize face size, and to use an external keyboard to allow an increase in the personal space bubble between oneself and the grid.

Most video platforms show a square of what you look like on camera during a chat. Bailenson cited studies showing that when you see a reflection of yourself, you are more critical of yourself. Many of us are now seeing ourselves on video chats for many hours every day. Solution: Bailenson recommends that platforms change the default practice of beaming the video to both self and others, when it only needs to be sent to others.

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In-person and audio phone conversations allow humans to walk around and move. But with videoconferencing, most cameras have a set field of view, meaning a person has to generally stay in the same spot. Movement is limited in ways that are not natural. For example, an external camera farther away from the screen will allow you to pace and doodle in virtual meetings just like we do in real ones. Bailenson notes that in regular face-to-face interaction, nonverbal communication is quite natural and each of us naturally makes and interprets gestures and nonverbal cues subconsciously.

But in video chats, we have to work harder to send and receive als. If you want to show someone that you are agreeing with them, you have to do an exaggerated nod or put your thumbs up. Gestures could also mean different things in a video meeting context. A sidelong glance to someone during an in-person meeting means something very different than a person on a video chat grid looking off-screen to their child who just walked into their home office.

Many organizations — including schools, large companies and government entities — have reached out to Stanford communication researchers to better understand how to create best practices for their particular videoconferencing setup and how to come up with institutional guidelines. The scale, detailed in a recent, not yet peer-reviewed paper published on the preprint website SSRN, advances research on how to measure fatigue from interpersonal technology, as well as what causes the fatigue.

The scale is a item questionnairewhich is freely available, and has been tested now across five separate studies over the past year with over participants.

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Some sample questions include:. He notes that humans have been here before.

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Stanford researchers identify four causes for ‘Zoom fatigue’ and their simple fixes