— Jenny Neill

The Eyes Don’t Have It

I resisted owning a smartphone for a long time. I had my reasons, many of which revolved around not allowing the complications of using new or rapidly changing technology to invade my “off” time. But, I got over that about a year and a half ago. I joined many others and became an iPhone user, though I’m certainly not as proselytizing about it as some people are. One feature I have never used is FaceTime. And, though I have been in numerous video conferences, I have never liked them. Being on camera, even when the focus was not on me, was disconcerting.

Eye Contact

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Kunz.

I recently attended a webinar about the psychology of video conferencing and was invited to write a guest blog about what I’d learned. It turns out that my reticence to be viewed live on video, be it from my smartphone or from a conference room, is a pretty common reaction. Few of us take advantage of these features despite the easy access we now have to video capabilities. Find out more about why it’s all about the eyes in my guest blog post, Psychster Labs: Psychology of Video Conferencing.