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A new study Stanford University has investigated the effects our health of extended spells video-conferencing. Researcher and communications expert Jeremy Bailenson dubbed the phenomenon "Zoom fatigue," but acknowledged the condition is not restricted to just that platform. the past year, most us have spent extended periods of time online using an array video-conferencing platforms. The coronavirus pandemic has meant tools Zoom, FaceTime, Skype and Google Hangouts have been the only way we have been able to see and chat to loved ones. Many companies have relied heavily video-conferencing meetings, and educators have used them to teach their lessons online.

Mr Bailenson outlined several factors that make video-conferencing so fatigue-inducing. He said it is not just tiredness and eye-strain staring at a computer screen hours and hours. It is also brought about "cognitive overload" and feeling pressure to be perpetually switched . We constantly feel we need to be touch with friends or available bosses, customers or students. Bailenson cautioned this leads to burnout and stress and can heighten your chance developing moderate to severe depression. He said this anxiety can adversely affect your self-confidence. This is because the large number faces staring you in meetings. Bailenson likens this to the stresses public speaking.

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