Last February, researchers at Stanford University did some very interesting research on what is now known as “zoom fatigue.” Video conferencing, which has allowed us to keep in touch with loved ones or to work from home, also creates a number of nuisances that have been highlighted by scholars.
Zoom fatigue affects one in seven women
This is the case with difficulty concentrating, irritability, or even headache or back pain. This inconvenience, according to the authors, is not due to chance and is caused by a certain form of social anxiety that is specific to video conferencing. Lack of mobility is also a real problem, and when we’re talking to a person it’s not uncommon for us to walk or act more. But in the video, the camera’s field of view forces us to remain static.
Because of their rich lessons, the Stanford researchers decided to go further. So her new analysis focused on the impact of Zoom meetings on women. The latter are in fact more affected by this phenomenon of exhaustion than their male counterparts. In detail, one in seven women feels very tired after a video conference, while one in 20 men does.
Based on the responses of the 10,322 participants in their survey, the scientists tried to provide an explanation. According to the authors, a phenomenon of self-focusing would be taken into account here. By constantly visualizing themselves, people become much more aware of their appearance than in real life. On this particular point, women seem to be much more embarrassed than men.
Therefore, the scientists propose a solution that couldn’t be simpler: disable the self-viewing parameter during the video call. What they say enables them to stay productive while paying a little less attention to their image.