The Reading / Listening - Video-conferencing - Level 5

A new study has investigated the effects on our health of long spells of video-conferencing. Communications expert Jeremy Bailenson dubbed the phenomenon "Zoom fatigue," but acknowledged it is not restricted to just that platform. In the past year, most of us have spent lots of time online using an array of video-conferencing platforms. The coronavirus pandemic has meant tools like Zoom, Skype and Google Hangouts have been the only way we have been able to see loved ones. Many companies have relied heavily on Zoom for meetings, and educators have used it to teach online.



There are many factors why video-conferencing induces fatigue. It is not just tiredness and strained eyes from staring at computer screens for hours. It also comes from "cognitive overload" and feeling pressure to be perpetually online. We feel we must always be available for family, friends, bosses, customers or students. This can lead to burnout and stress and can heighten the chance of getting moderate to severe depression. This anxiety can adversely affect self-confidence. The large number of faces staring at you in online meetings is like the stress of public speaking.

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    Video-conferencing - Level 4 or  Video-conferencing - Level 6

Sources
  • https://lifehacker.com/how-to-overcome-zoom-fatigue-1846347171
  • https://newatlas.com/telecommunications/zoom-fatigue-video-exhaustion-tips-help-stanford/
  • https://www.techradar.com/news/academics-have-identified-exactly-why-video-conferencing-has-you-feeling-exhausted


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. investigated the effects
  2. Bailenson dubbed the phenomenon
  3. it is not restricted to just that
  4. most of us have spent lots
  5. an array of video-conferencing
  6. the only way we have been able
  7. companies have relied
  8. educators have used it
  1. to teach online
  2. heavily on Zoom
  3. platforms
  4. on our health
  5. platform
  6. of time online
  7. Zoom fatigue
  8. to see loved ones

Paragraph 2

  1. factors why video-conferencing
  2. tiredness and strained
  3. feeling pressure to be perpetually
  4. This can lead to burnout
  5. the chance of getting moderate to
  6. This anxiety can adversely
  7. The large number of faces staring
  8. the stress of public
  1. severe depression
  2. at you
  3. and stress
  4. speaking
  5. online
  6. induces fatigue
  7. affect self-confidence
  8. eyes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new study has investigated (1) ___________________ our health of long spells of video-conferencing. Communications expert Jeremy Bailenson (2) ___________________ "Zoom fatigue," but acknowledged it is (3) ___________________ just that platform. In the past year, most of us have spent lots of time online using (4) ___________________ video-conferencing platforms. The coronavirus pandemic has (5) ___________________ Zoom, Skype and Google Hangouts have been the only way we have been able to see loved ones. Many companies have (6) ___________________ Zoom for meetings, and educators have used it to teach online.

There are (7) ___________________ video-conferencing induces fatigue. It is not just tiredness and (8) ___________________ staring at computer screens for hours. It also comes from "cognitive overload" and feeling pressure (9) ___________________ online. We feel we must always be available for family, friends, bosses, customers or students. This can (10) ___________________ and stress and can heighten the chance of getting moderate to severe depression. This (11) ___________________ affect self-confidence. The large number of faces staring at you in online meetings is like the (12) ___________________ speaking.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anewstudyhasinvestigatedtheeffectsonourhealthoflongspellsofvideo-conferencing.CommunicationsexpertJeremyBailensondubbedth
ephenomenon"Zoomfatigue,"butacknowledgeditisnotrestrictedtoju
stthatplatform.Inthepastyear,mostofushavespentlotsoftimeonlineu
singanarrayofvideo-conferencingplatforms.Thecoronaviruspandem
ichasmeanttoolslikeZoom,SkypeandGoogleHangoutshavebeentheo
nlywaywehavebeenabletoseelovedones.Manycompanieshaverelied
heavilyonZoomformeetings,andeducatorshaveusedittoteachonline.
Therearemanyfactorswhyvideo-conferencinginducesfatigue.Itisn
otjusttirednessandstrainedeyesfromstaringatcomputerscreensforh
ours.Italsocomesfrom"cognitiveoverload"andfeelingpressuretobep
erpetuallyonline.Wefeelwemustalwaysbeavailableforfamily,friends,
bosses,customersorstudents.Thiscanleadtoburnoutandstressandca
nheightenthechanceofgettingmoderatetoseveredepression.Thisan
xietycanadverselyaffectself-confidence.Thelargenumberoffacesst
aringatyouinonlinemeetingsislikethestressofpublicspeaking.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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