Eye Contact

Anybody else noticing a trend in YouTube videos where the host/single speaker/teacher doesn't look directly into the "main" camera at you, the only evident audience, but off to the left? I've seen this in a sewing tutorial, which I found baffling, and just today one of my online gurus was doing it. Normally she stares directly at me, which I find contributes to the therapeutic effect. Are people triggered by eye contact now? Is it because of the TED Talk format (I'm talking to a huge room full of people! [Even when I am obviously sitting on a couch in a normal house])? Is it cheaper somehow or does it require less editing?

Is this thing on?