Virtual Meetings: Our life has changed a lot since the time of Covid. Due to video conferencing, many of our office meetings and many of our children’s workshops are also held online. According to research, video conferencing has a bad effect on our physical and mental health. Know what was found in this study and how we can reduce its negative effects.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, our lives have remained captured in computer screens. Office meetings, children’s classes, conversations with friends and relatives, everything was happening through virtual meetings, which is still going on to a large extent. According to research by the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, recently published in Nature, these online meetings can have very negative effects on our health. Let us know what was found in this research and how we can reduce its impact.
In this research, an attempt was made to find out about the effects on the brain due to video conferencing. For this, the brains and hearts of some students were scanned and it was found that after 50 minutes of video conferencing, changes occur in the nervous system. In video conferencing, brain activity increases to concentrate on one place, and due to this, there is a problem of brain fatigue and lack of attention.
This study also found that during meetings, there were more complaints of fatigue, sleepiness, lack of concentration, and bad mood compared to face-to-face meetings. Its effect was not limited to the brain only, but it also affected the health of the heart. For this reason, it is important to keep some precautions in mind to take care of your physical and mental health.
How can we reduce the disadvantages of video conferencing?
Set meeting time
Often we decide when to start the meeting, but we do not know how long the meeting will last or we do not decide within what time the meeting has to end. Because of this, we have to attend very long virtual meetings. This increases mental fatigue. Therefore, fix the time of your meeting and try not to last too long.
Try adopting a hybrid mode
Video conferencing is no longer the only way to conduct meetings. Try not to hold all meetings through online mediums, some meetings can also be done face-to-face. Therefore adopting a hybrid mode can be very beneficial for you. This will reduce your screen time and human interaction will also make you feel good.
Take a break
If the meeting is going on for a long time, try to take a short break in between. Taking a break of 5-10 minutes will reduce the strain on your eyes and your mental stress will also be managed.