The reason Zoom calls drain your energy
Reducing Zoom Fatigue
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Why Zoom Calls Drain Us
Everything From A Tiny Screen
Video Calling is being used for studying, dating, talking to your parents and for work purposes, leading to a new kind of exhaustion of doing everything from your laptop or smartphone screen. Add to this our being confined in a tiny space (like a room) most of the time.
Relaxing Activity Vs Performance
If video calling and catching up with friends was a relaxing activity, where you can just be yourself, you would not feel fatigued.
What we have here is an added pressure to perform virtually among so many other participants, each vying for attention and validation.
Reducing Zoom Fatigue
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The Waiting Room
It is advisable to enable the waiting room option for new joiners so that they are made to enter one at a time and provided with a proper introduction.
It also takes care of the risk of your meeting getting crashed by someone suddenly.
The Art Of The Pause
Video chats with multiple participants have a lot of cross-talk and people talking at the same time. This problem is compounded by dodgy internet speeds.
It is possible to listen to only one person at a time, so one has to learn the art of the pause. Stopping and staying silent will allow others to calm down.
Zoom also has a raise hand feature, which helps facilitate the meeting in an orderly fashion.
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2020 has thrust people into a regular virtual space.
This unofficial social experiment confirms that virtual interactions can take its toll on the brain, commonly known as Zoom fatigue....
If you view a single speaker at a time, you can’t recognize how non-active participants are behaving - something you otherwise would pick up with a peripheral vision.
For some people, the prolonged split in attention can overwhelm the brain by unfamiliar excess stimuli while being hyper-focused on searching for non-verbal cues that it can’t find.
A traditional phone call may be less taxing on the brain because it delivers on a promise to convey only a voice.
For those who have neurological difficulty with in-person communication, such as those with autism, the shift to video calls has been positive.
Video calls lead to fewer people talking and less filler conversation, which relieves tension and anxiety felt by autistic individuals.
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Coping With The Pandemic
People are coping with the Pandemic by adjusting their lives and recreating the activities and places they miss, virtually in the living rooms. Extroverts, introverts and everyone in between are fi...
Too Much At Once
The increased anxiety, short attention spans, irregular sleep patterns and depressing news 24 hours a day turns into additional layers of stress, according to social scientists.
Many have the added activities of homeschooling children or concentrating on remote working, which has its own set of challenges even without the Pandemic.
Virtual face-to-face conversations in Google Hangouts, Facetime or Zoom do not carry the relaxed feeling of actual meetings, and instead feel like official, ‘work’ meetings with added stress and an inability to read any body language. It is clear that video chats and phone calls cannot replace a hug and a shared meal in a cozy cafe.
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