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Zoom Fatigue


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June 21, 2020

Zoom Fatigue

One of the biggest changes in business due to the coronavirus pandemic is the introduction of full-time video meetings. You may have noticed that you feel extra tired after a day of video meetings but might wonder how that makes sense. Enter the new 2020 buzzword: Zoom Fatigue. And yes, it's a real thing.

Video conferences demand more of our attention. We have to focus more to take in information and process body language cues. It's harder to interrupt the speaker to ask for clarifying information during a call, and you can't whisper to your neighbor to ask for help either. Also, you have to stare at the screen for the full meeting time, while in a physical meeting you can look around the room or gaze out the window and no one takes offense. The constant attention makes our brains tired.

Technology itself adds an additional layer. When there are glitches in internet connection, your brain has to work overtime to make up for the lag. Natural silence with an in-person conversation is just that: natural. However, on a video call, this silence can make us nervous by wanting to fill the silence or wondering if someone's internet connection has failed. This is all said without mentioning the added stress our nation is under. Our lives have been upended and the lines between work life and home life have been blurred.

So how do we combat Zoom Fatigue?

  • Take a Break
Do your best to have built-in breaks from video calls and screens in general during the day. For internal office meetings, turn your cameras off for the duration of the call.

  • No Social Zooms

Video calls have taken off socially as well, which is understandable considering seeing friends is few & far between these days. But again, after a full day of video calls, adding more screen time to your nightly routine will only further exhaust you.

  • Opt for Phone Calls

Ask yourself if the meeting can be conducted via a phone call instead. Just because Zoom and other video platforms are available does not mean they are necessary.

There's no question that technology has made the transition into quarantine smoother and possible to work from home for many people. Don't be surprised when many workers move to full-time work from home roles. However, remember the real world is out there and it's necessary to take a break from the screen.


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Allison Baines

Wealth Plan Design Specialist

Allison Baines, CFP®
Wealth Plan Design Specialist at oXYGen Financial

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