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London, May 8 (IANS) Video conferencing fatigue, commonly known as “zoom fatigue”, is more common among young, introverted women than others, a study has found.
The Covid-19 pandemic caused a boom in private and professional videoconferencing in the early 2020s that sparked controversial public and academic debates about its pros and cons.
One of the main concerns has been the phenomenon of video conferencing fatigue.
A group of researchers from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden studied the fatigue phenomenon of videoconferencing and concluded that age, gender and personality play a role in fatigue.
The researchers also found a number of factors they believe contribute to zoom fatigue.
“We found direct evidence that age, gender and personality all affect. For example, introverted young women are more affected than others. But Zoom fatigue depends on many factors, ranging from personal circumstances via the organization and technology of the meeting, to the environment in which the videoconference takes place,” said Markus Fiedler, researcher at the Institute.
However, researchers believe that doing simple things can reduce zoom fatigue. These include not scheduling meetings one after the other; use simple technology; raise your hand if you want to speak during meetings and turn off the microphone and camera when not needed.
“Most likely, we are heading towards a hybrid future with daily face-to-face and videoconference meetings that should both save us fatigue but save or even fuel our physical and mental energy,” Fiedler said.
The researchers say more research and evidence is needed regarding contributing factors to zoom fatigue. They also mean that research is needed on other means of communication, for example, immersive experiences and technology.
The study is published in the online journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.