'Zoom fatigue' is real, research suggests, and it's leading to burnout
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Being "on" all the time is exhausting.
Turns out "Zoom fatigue," which has been described as mental
exhaustion for anyone working, learning or teaching from home
via videoconferencing tools, is real, new scientific research
suggests. The findings come about a year after the coronavirus
pandemic changed the way Americans live and work in the new
Research from Stanford published in the journal "Technology,
Mind and Behavior," found that being "on" all the time ó usually
from behind a computer screen ó has triggered more stress and is
making it harder for people to be intimate in real life.
Professor Jeremy Bailenson, a founding director of the Standford
Virtual Human Interaction Lab, analyzed the psychological
consequences of spending hours in front of video conferencing
platforms like Zoom and found several reasons why it causes
tiredness and fatigue among humans.
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For starters, excessive amounts of eye contact can become
straining and intense, Bailenson notes, explaining that feeling
the pressure of being watched or listened to can be anxiety-
inducing. To combat this, Bailenson suggests formatting your
Zoom screen to a shrunken window rather than keeping it in the
square format, so the audience seems less intense.
"Social anxiety of public speaking is one of the biggest phobias
that exists in our population," said Bailenson, according to
Stanford News. "When youíre standing up there and everybodyís
staring at you, thatís a stressful experience."
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Bailenson also says lack of mobility also takes a toll on
cognition and recommends people move around when possible during
virtual meetings, whether itís just pacing around or turning the
video off to stretch your legs during longer meetings.
Bailensonís paper also notes that video calls make people feel
like they're under a microscope and therefore must think about
simple movements and gestures like yawning or stretching.
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Still, finding the proper Zoom-life balance is crucial with more
people operating with remote capabilities. The platform surged
from 10 million users in 2020 to more than 300 million.
11 hours ago
Just goes to show people want/need social interaction.
Lockdowns do not work. They do more damage than good.