‘Zoom Fatigue’ Is Setting In!

 

Psychologists say constant video chat meetings are powerfully draining users more than in-person conversations.

Risk of Burnout

For employees working from home, Marissa Shuffler, a U.S. Professor who specializes in the psychology of work, said, “longer-term risks include burnout and depression if normal workplace habits and tools are not properly adapted.”

Judy Lee, a content writer in Mississauga, Ontario, started feeling sluggish lately in a way she hadn’t before: “I was feeling really exhausted, but I didn’t know why,” she said.

Working from home in Ottawa, entrepreneur Stefan Kollenberg was experiencing feeling “emotionally drained.”

They were experiencing a type of mental exertion that’s become known as ‘Zoom Fatigue’, named after the popular video chat software.

This condition is all too common in the COVID-19 era, with so many people working from home and holding meetings through video conferencing applications such as Skype, Google Meet, etc.

What Causes It?

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Psychologists say several factors lead to ‘Zoom Fatigue’.

Users can feel like they’re performing for the camera more than they would while meeting colleagues in person – especially when software continuously displays to a user their own live image, adding a powerful element of self-awareness.

Marissa Shuffler, an assistant professor in industrial-organizational psychology at South Carolina’s Clemson University, calls it “having to be ‘on’ all the time.”

What Can You Do About It?

Here is some great advice from Janine Hubbard, a St. John’s-based psychologist: she recommends presenters offer other users the option to turn off their camera – or ask if it’s ok for the presenter to speak in audio-only mode.

Just not having to think, “What do I look like right now” can feel like a weight has been lifted off.

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*Source – CBC News.