Video conferences demand more focus from us to absorb information and remain engaged, requiring more energy compared to face-to-face communication. Processing non-verbal clues such as the tone of someone’s voice and facial expressions is hard work. Additionally, video conferencing often results in constant gazing at the camera to demonstrate we’re paying attention, something we don’t do when in someone’s physical presence. This nonstop gaze without visual breaks causes our brains to become fatigued.
While video conferencing fatigue is real, there are ways to make this technology more bearable. A great way to eliminate fatigue is by keeping your calls less than 30 minutes. The problem only grows worse over time, so don’t engage in lengthy sessions. Another way to reduce video conferencing fatigue is by avoiding back-to-back calls. Finally, turn off your camera from time to time. Unless absolutely necessary, save the camera for important meetings to reduce screen time during the workday.