• 'Zoom fatigue' is real, research suggests, and it's leading to burnout

    From Bradley K. Sherman@queer-losers@cnn.com to rec.photo.digital,alt.politics.media,alt.politics.republicans,alt.fan.rush-limbaugh,sac.politics on Sat Feb 27 07:35:52 2021
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    Being "on" all the time is exhausting.

    Turns out "Zoom fatigue," which has been described as mental
    exhaustion for anyone working, learning or teaching from home
    via videoconferencing tools, is real, new scientific research
    suggests. The findings come about a year after the coronavirus
    pandemic changed the way Americans live and work in the new
    virtual world.

    Research from Stanford published in the journal "Technology,
    Mind and Behavior," found that being "on" all the time ó usually
    from behind a computer screen ó has triggered more stress and is
    making it harder for people to be intimate in real life.

    Professor Jeremy Bailenson, a founding director of the Standford
    Virtual Human Interaction Lab, analyzed the psychological
    consequences of spending hours in front of video conferencing
    platforms like Zoom and found several reasons why it causes
    tiredness and fatigue among humans.

    WHY DOES ZOOM EXHAUST YOU? SCIENCE HAS AN ANSWER

    For starters, excessive amounts of eye contact can become
    straining and intense, Bailenson notes, explaining that feeling
    the pressure of being watched or listened to can be anxiety-
    inducing. To combat this, Bailenson suggests formatting your
    Zoom screen to a shrunken window rather than keeping it in the
    square format, so the audience seems less intense.

    "Social anxiety of public speaking is one of the biggest phobias
    that exists in our population," said Bailenson, according to
    Stanford News. "When youíre standing up there and everybodyís
    staring at you, thatís a stressful experience."

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    Bailenson also says lack of mobility also takes a toll on
    cognition and recommends people move around when possible during
    virtual meetings, whether itís just pacing around or turning the
    video off to stretch your legs during longer meetings.

    Bailensonís paper also notes that video calls make people feel
    like they're under a microscope and therefore must think about
    simple movements and gestures like yawning or stretching.

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    Still, finding the proper Zoom-life balance is crucial with more
    people operating with remote capabilities. The platform surged
    from 10 million users in 2020 to more than 300 million.

    Comments:

    USMC92-96
    11 hours ago

    Just goes to show people want/need social interaction.
    Lockdowns do not work. They do more damage than good.

    Reply

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  • From Alfred Molon@alfred_molon@yahoo.com to rec.photo.digital,alt.politics.media,alt.politics.republicans,alt.fan.rush-limbaugh,sac.politics on Sat Feb 27 16:47:08 2021
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    First thing I thought when I saw this article in the newsreader
    is that photographers are getting increasingly tired of using
    zoom lenses and are therefore using primes more and more.

    Because operating the zoom ring is tiring for the hands of an
    aging photographer population (young people all using
    smartphones with no zoom lenses).
    --
    Alfred Molon

    Olympus 4/3 and micro 4/3 cameras forum at
    https://groups.io/g/myolympus
    https://myolympus.org/ photo sharing site
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