Don't Stare at Yourself During Video Chats & Here's Why

  • Publish date: Thursday، 16 June 2022
Don't Stare at Yourself During Video Chats & Here's Why

Recently, video chats have become an integral part of our daily lives due to the spread of the COVID-19, as the number of users of meeting platforms has multiplied tremendously.

A group of scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign noticed that staring at yourself during video chats may put you in a bad mood and that drinking alcohol makes it worse. Accordingly, a study was conducted that showed there is a relationship between the time a person spends staring at himself during a video call and his bad mood, which led to the conclusion of a relationship between meeting platforms and psychological problems, such as depression and anxiety.

The study authors used eye-tracking technology to examine the relationship between mood, alcohol, and attentional focus during virtual social interaction. They found that participants who spent more time looking at themselves during a conversation felt worse after the call, those who were under the influence spent more time looking at themselves, and the more self-centered a person is, the more likely they are to report feelings that are consistent with anxiety and depression.

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