A new Stanford study says all the ZOOM calls we've been taking over the past year trigger our "fight or flight" reflex.
In other words, ZOOM meetings where you stare at your co-workers' faces and your own aren't necessarily good for your mental health.
Dr. Jeremy Bailensonof Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Lab explains that looking at large human faces up close and personal tend to trigger conflict or even mating responses, none of which are good for work meetings.
Another issue is seeing your face on the screen. Over time, that also causes stress. Millions of us have been doing a lot of zooming since the COVID pandemic emerged a year ago and we started working from home.
Until tweaks can be made, not seeing faces on the screen would help… or phone calls.