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Why video calls are more tiring than face-to-face conversations

The author of the article notes that during the pandemic, she began to feel severe devastation after talking via video link. Moreover, this feeling persisted even when she communicated with someone not for work, but just to have a good time, to relax. There are a number of factors that contribute to fatigue after Zoom conferences: intense and slightly shifted eye contact with the interlocutor, the need to be in front of the camera, limited body movement, and lack of non-verbal communication. However, Julie Boland wanted to find out why, compared to face-to-face communication, virtual makes you more tired.

In order to find out the cause of severe fatigue after online conversations, the specialist conducted two experiments. The former demonstrated that the response time to questions with a choice between “Yes” and “No” more than tripled when the questions were asked through Zoom. In the course of the second experiment, it turned out that the natural rhythm of conversation due to programs like Zoom is disrupted and, as a result, the person talks longer and less often gives the interlocutor the opportunity to speak.

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