2D Virtual Work

2D Virtual Work

We have all become a lot more familiar with the concept of Zoom Fatigue. We know we feel tired after a full day of virtual video meetings. But, we are not all familiar with why. 

Jeremy Bailenson from Stanford University is part of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab are conducting research on how we interact with Virtual systems and what we can do to minimise the impact of virtual work. 

He proposes four hypothetical theories of why spending a substantial portion of the day on video calls is so tiring. These are: 

* Gazing up-close for long periods of time

* Extra subconscious mental processing

* The ‘mirror effect’

* Physically less mobility

You can read a short summary of the explanations of these four theories in our blog about ‘zoom fatigue and non-verbal overload‘.

If you would like to participate in the study on Zoom Fatigue, you can do so by clicking here

If you would like to read the full 2021 study of ‘Nonverbal Overload: A Theoretical Argument for the Causes of Zoom Fatigue‘ * a PDF, is available for review on the VHIL website.

When it comes to learning on Virtual 2D platforms such as live Zoom-based training or online education platforms – we tend to get distracted by pop-up messages and notifications. 

Attention and multi-tasking are explored by Lee Haddlington in his book CyberCognition.


* Bailenson, J. N. (2021). Nonverbal Overload: A Theoretical Argument for the Causes of Zoom Fatigue. Technology, Mind, and Behaviour, 1(3). doi.org/10.1037/tmb0000030.