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

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

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