Video calls with younger relatives can be awkward - but only if we let them.
Video calls often show people an image of themselves.
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Mirrors, selfies and knowing other people are looking at you all cause people to think of themselves as objects. Video calls are all three in one and are likely increasing the harms of self-objectification.
Too much screen time.
The online meetings designed to get things done could be the very things that are harming our productivity.
Recent findings from social neuroscience show us how we can make virtual interactions almost as beneficial as real world ones.
It was fun for a while, but people quickly got sick of video calls during lockdown.
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The 1996 novel foresaw people’s obsession with video calls – and their eventual disenchantment.
Many people feel some form of anxiety when speaking in front of others. That includes taking part in video hook-ups for work or study thanks to coronavirus restrictions.
Video calls are not simply “screen time” for little kids. They offer an important opportunity for socialisation.
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The pandemic has intensified online learning, but educators are struggling to keep students engaged. Faculty members from the National University of Singapore offer three strategies to overcome this.
Our brains have to work hard to deal with difficult and unexpected noise.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to many people using social media in more positive ways, including video conferencing platforms like Zoom.
Social media has become a virtual lifeline during the COVID-19 crisis. How people in isolation are using Zoom and other platforms goes against the notion that social media makes us more anti-social.
‘Zoombombing’ trolls have started to infiltrate virtual meetings - bombarding unsuspecting victims with racist and sexist speech and in some cases, pornographic imagery.
Access to loved ones helps reduce reoffending.