At last – an explanation for why those video chats are so exhausting

Stanford University communications expert Jeremy Bailenson recently published a new study he and his team have carried out into why video chats are so tiring, no matter what the technology is that you use. Reports on this study have been popping up not only in the specialist press but also in national newspapers as everyone grapples with what is often called “Zoom Fatigue” even though it is certainly not just restricted to Zoom. The first cause cited is is what is referred to as the state of stressed hyper-arousal generated by excessive stretches of close-up eye contact. Read about the results of this study which also includes lots of suggestions for how to tackle this very pandemic-exacerbated problem here.