People are beginning to show real distress and anxiety because of the amount of time they are spending on camera. We’re not paid actors, and it’s just not a natural situation for most of us to always be in front of a camera. Staring at others and yourself all the time is even worse! It is often referred to as Zoom fatigue.

Think back to in-person meetings. You didn’t look at the speaker all the time. Most of the time you were looking at a whiteboard or presentation slides and only turning to the speaker at the end of their presentation. On the other hand, if it is just a discussion with no presentation slides, having everyone visible using the automatic focus on the speaker is nice.

Companies that have had remote video-based meetings for years know you don’t have to be “on camera” all the time to be productive.

There are all types of video conferencing software like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts or WebEx. Functionality may vary.





2 Responses

  1. Appropriate topic. There are just times that being on camera is the last thing I want to do. Some may say that you’re multi-tasking, yet with family at home, you might be trying to minimize the interruption points for others.

    I’d like to add that computer manufacturers need to consider where they position the computer. My current work laptop (a Dell) has the camera on the top panel right where the laptop cover meets the bottom cover. Hence, for a female, there is no good positioning of that camera to not expose what you’d rather not have exposed. Hence, you have sit a far ways back from the camera to have the right position and then may struggle with seeing the screen as you can’t be closer to read it.

    1. Absolutely. I have a Dell as well and really, bottom left corner of the screen is useless! I’ve chosen to get an external camera and the built-in has black tape on it. But in regular meetings the camera is off.

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