Video calls seemed an elegant solution to remote work, but they wear on the psyche in complicated ways.
In 2020, video calls were the solution to everyone’s would-be canceled plans. From work meetings to happy hours, conferences to weddings, Kindergarten to grad school, everybody Zoomed in. And those who didn’t were on Skype, FaceTime, or the like.
But after hours upon hours of approximating eye contact and “I think you’re on mute” snafus, scientists and academics began to warn that our brains might be suffering in new and distinct ways from the lack of face-to-face connection. Read on for a fascinating reading list of how video conferencing has contributed to burnout, fatigue, fight-or-flight responses, and an odd breed of self-loathing—plus, how to counter the negative effects.
“With video, we must rely on our eye contact at all times. It takes much more emotional effort to stay engaged in video interactions.”
Smartphones and other tech pose special challenges—and opportunities—for young brains.
It’s not just Zoom. Popular video chat platforms have design flaws that exhaust the human mind and body. But there are easy ways to mitigate their effects.
Zoom Calls Trigger Our ‘Fight or Flight’ Survival Reflex Because We Can’t Escape the Squares of Close-up FacesInsider
The medium can be more taxing and intensifies everyday work communication.