Feeling that ‘Zoom fatigue’? Experts share how you can deal with it
Working from home full-time means being on Zoom or Google Meet meetings for most of the day. Sitting at home in meetings all day might be easy for some, but it can easily lead to “zoom fatigue” for others.
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‘ZOOM FATIGUE’ EXPLAINED
Assistant professor at Old Dominion University, Andrew A. Bennet, says that “zoom fatigue” is a real thing. He explained that his research team had felt “zoom fatigue” after they transitioned to working online.
Along with his research team, Bennet conducted a study with 55 people in several fields. The participants had to complete nine hourly surveys to review how they felt for five consecutive days.
The team of researchers found that over 92% of the participants in the study felt fatigued after each day.
NAVIGATING ‘ZOOM FATIGUE’?
There are a few simple ways one can deal with “zoom fatigue” that aren’t difficult to wrap your head around.
Bennet shared that it’s important to have zoom meetings at the right time of the day. “Later in the afternoon people were much more fatigued than normal after a videoconference,” he explained.
Karin Reed is the co-author of Suddenly Virtual: Making Remote Meetings Work, a book that focuses on assisting people to adapt to virtual meetings. Reed mentions that another way to deal with “zoom fatigue” is to simply switch off your camera.
“We don’t walk around with a mirror to our faces as we are talking to people face to face,” said Reed.
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Stanford University notes another reason for “zoom fatigue” is an excessive amount of time spent being up-close and personal with your laptop or computer. Communications professor Jeremy Bailenson shares that one way to combat this is to take your zoom application off full-screen mode.
Bailenson further mentions that using an external keyboard creates distance between you and the zoom meeting.
He also notes that zoom calls require a higher cognitive load. “If you want to show someone you’re agreeing with them, you have to do an exaggerated nod”.
The solution to this is to turn your camera off for a short period of time and only engage in the meeting via audio.
“This is not simply you turning off your camera to take a break from having to be nonverbally active, but also turning your body away from the screen,” said Bailenson.
Alicia Adendorff is a reporter for Healthy Organic Lifestyle.