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Let’s chat about Zoom fatigue: it’s real, but you can dial it back

Factors such as the amount of eye contact and size of faces on screens during virtual meetings are stressful, say researchers

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Feeling exhausted even though you haven’t walked out the door, driven to work and come home eight (or many more) hours later? You are not alone. “Zoom fatigue” is a real condition and researchers have identified four of the causes for this in a new study.

The good news is that they also suggest solutions for those video chats that are tiring, even when people are not working but talking to friends and family.

Virtual meetings have soared during the pandemic, prompting founding director of the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab (https://vhil.stanford.edu/), Jeremy Bailenson, a communications professor,  to explore the “psychological consequences of spending hours per day on videoconferencing platforms”...

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