At the end of the pandemic, a phenomenon called “Zoom fatigue”with so many hours of video calling with work, school, friends or family, it eventually took a toll on the brain.

And now a quartet of Austrian scientists have written a study in the journal Nature that talks about “videoconferencing fatigue.”

Self-report data collected from around the world indicate that VCF is a serious problem,” write the authors of the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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To determine the effects of hours of video conferencing on the brain, the team measured electrical activity in the heads of 35 college students who watched a 50-minute lecture while hooked up to an electroencephalogram (EEG). The researchers asked another group to watch the same content live.

The researchers also calculated the effect on heart rate in the two groups using electrocardiography (ECG) measured before and after the videoconferencing sessions. Subjects were also given cognitive attention tasks and asked to self-report their mood.

Live conference participants reported feeling more energetic, happy and active, as well as less tired, sleepy and full, than their online counterparts.

“An important finding of our study is that videoconferencing should be considered as a possible complement to face-to-face interaction, rather than as a replacement,” the authors concluded.

Source: Digital Trends

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