In February 2020, investors raced to buy shares of the company with the identifier of “ZOOM” on the stock market.

1. Larger Than Life Faces and Excessive Eye Contact

How often do you—did you—sit in a meeting where, whether you are speaking or not, all the other people in the room are staring at you?

2. Seeing Yourself in the Mirror Constantly

Imagine if, in the real world, somebody was following you around with a mirror constantly, so that whenever you were talking to people, thinking about something, picking your nose, receiving feedback, or making a decision, you got to see a perfect reflection of yourself doing it.

3. Video Calls Are Static, Humans Are Not

Any seven-year-old will attest to the fact that humans perform worse when forced to sit still and stay in the same spot for hours on end.

4. Less Nonverbal Communication Means Higher Cognitive Load

A generation that grows up with videoconferencing as the most common means of communication would develop some strange habits.

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

Bailenson, as well as the other researchers from the study, use Zoom on a regular basis. He is especially thankful that it has allowed him to stay productive and in touch with his family in these times.