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Who’s zooming who? Why people prefer the cameras off in online meetings

Students and colleagues seem to have a complex about operating on camera during Zoom meetings

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Ever wondered why students (or colleagues) switch their cameras off in Zoom webinars and meetings?

Appearance and social norms — fitting in when most people don’t show their faces — were the main reasons that students kept their cameras off during online learning, a small study by Cornell University (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.7123) has found.

“We felt it would create an undue burden and add stress in an already stressful time to require the cameras to be on, and we found this could disproportionately affect certain groups of students, such as underrepresented minorities,” said the first author and researcher, Frank Castelli...

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