A new study by the University of Illinois reveals that staring at yourself on Zoom and FaceTime calls can have a negative effect on one’s self-image. Researchers used eye-tracking technology to study the movements of people on the video chat services.
Lead researcher Talia Ariss concluded, “We used eye-tracking technology to examine the relationship between mood, alcohol and attentional focus during virtual social interaction. We found that participants who spent more time looking at themselves during the conversation felt worse after the call, even after controlling for pre-interaction negative mood. And those who were under the influence of alcohol spent more time looking at themselves.”