If you feel exhausted after a day of video meetings, you’re not alone. As the pandemic continues, more and more people have reported feeling “Zoom fatigue.” It’s named after the popular video chatting platform, but is used to describe the exhaustion that comes with participating in video conferences on any platform.
Psychologists say there are various aspects of video chats that make them more difficult to handle than in-person interactions, including the fact that we cannot see the person’s full body language or other cues they give off that we process unconsciously, so our brains have to make extra effort to compensate for the missing information. Another thing that makes video chatting tiring is the fact that we can also see ourselves on video, which makes us hyper-aware of how we’re coming off and adds a layer of self-consciousness we don’t have when we’re in a conversation face-to-face.
CBC news, in Canada, spoke to a psychology professor from Clemson University who warns that if Zoom fatigue is not addressed, it could lead to long term health consequences, including burnout and depression. To avoid Zoom fatigue try to take work video meetings only when email or messaging won’t suffice, and remember it’s ok to pick up the phone and give your friends and family members and old-fashioned phone call.