Feeling particularly exhausted after a day on Zoom is not a figment of your imagination – video conferencing fatigue (VCF) is real, according to a study written by a quartet of Austrian investigators. From a report: “Evidence from around the world indicates that VAW is a serious problem. » wrote the authors of a study appearing in Scientific Reports, a journal published by Nature Reports. However, most of the available research on VAW relies on personal accounts of the problem and focuses on the cause rather than the consequences, the researchers explained.
To determine the effects on the brain caused by hours of videoconferencing, the team measured electrical activity in the noggins of 35 university students who watched a 50-minute lecture while connected to an electroencephalogram (EEG). The researchers asked another group to watch the same content live. The researchers also calculated the effects on heart rate for both groups using electrocardiography (ECG), measured before and after the videoconferencing sessions. Subjects were also given cognitive attention tasks and asked to provide self-ratings about their mood. Live conference attendees reported feeling more alive, happy and active, and less tired, sleepy and fed up than their online counterparts.