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What is Zoom fatigue and how to cure it?

By Dhrubaa Ghosh,

Are the hours of video calls tiring out parents, teachers and students? Tips to avoid it.

Zoom fatigue is not only applicable for Zoom meetings but for other video-calling apps as well.

Are you tired of endless video conferencing while working from home? Your child might be even more tired of online classes then, with equally good reasons. Researchers from Stanford University have studied and come up with concrete data to help work from home adults and study from home kids. Their tips are concrete and helpful, and we would be discussing them below.  

Common causes of Zoom Fatigue with solutions  
Here are the main reasons why the researchers felt Zooming exhausted people, and their solutions on how to overcome the problem. Introduce these to your child, it would make them physically and mentally more fit to balance classes online and offline.  

Excessive amounts of close-up with eye contact is tiring our mind 
Does a student ever look straight at a teacher’s face for the duration of each class? No. But on Zoom calls, your kid is being forced to stare at the teacher on a screen whose size is nowhere close to the expanse of a real classroom.  
The right move: Stop them from attending class on the mobile with the speaker’s face on full screen mode. Students should use a laptop with the Zoom window size reduced and use a keyboard to type to create some distance.   

Seeing themselves during video calls is tiring for students  
Imagine holding a mirror in fort of kids constantly in class. They would go crazy! But a tiny window keeps showing their face as on camera during the call. This reflection makes them critical of themselves.  
The right move: Show your kids how to hide the self-view and concentrate on the speaker.  

Video classes have dramatically reduced usual mobility 
Kids fidget in class. It’s irritating, but healthier than sitting stiffly in front of a machine for hour. 
The right move:  Adjust the camera to capture a portion of the room with your kid still visible, so that they can move a bit without distracting the teacher. 

Body language and gestures are a problem in online classes 
Gestures are part of student teacher interaction in class. Framing only the face is making it tough for kids to respond naturally. 
The right move: Increase frame size for your kid. Include ‘looking room’ so they can use hand gestures while answering.