Zoom Fatigue

What a crazy year 2020 has been. We have made so many changes to our lifestyles. This year has changed us socially, professionally, and has even affected our learning pathways. In response to social distancing requirements, many of us now stay at home, work from home, and learn from home. It’s given rise to the use of Zoom, an installment that allows many people to meet virtually, through video screens. Other variations of it include Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, or even just regular Facetimes. While it is a great way to allow us to connect virtually and safely - it’s taken its toll on users.


Lately, a term called “Zoom Fatigue” has been making the rounds. And it’s very real! We interact so much virtually, in many aspects of our lives, that we are growing tired of it. An article from Forbes states: “Our homes have now become our work spaces and our work spaces our homes. Zoom has blurred that balance even more because we are using the platform for work and social purposes.” . This is very mentally taxing. As a senior in college, I’m absolutely exhausted from my time on Zoom, and it is only November. That’s why it’s important to learn to balance my virtual time!


For me - I recommend making time for me, away from the screen. Here’s a few recommendations I’ve done and more:


  • Walking outside
  • Seeing my friends (wearing a mask and 6 feet apart)
  • Turning off my phone and computer for a few hours
  • Reading a book
  • Learning new things, cooking has been great for me!
  • Bike Riding
  • Arts and Crafts

I’ve also worked a lot on how I act on Zoom. If permitting, I try to keep my screen as “speaker-view” It makes it a lot easier to focus on my teacher or boss. An article form National Geographic states: “Multi-person screens magnify this exhausting problem. Gallery view—where all meeting participants appear Brady Bunch-style—challenges the brain’s central vision, forcing it to decode so many people at once that no one comes through meaningfully, not even the speaker”. By choosing “speaker view” I am not so distracted by the large gallery of people but can instead focus on who is talking - it makes the Zoom a lot less busy!



Sources:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/04/coronavirus-zoom-fatigue-is-taxing-the-brain-here-is-why-that-happens/#close 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/yolarobert1/2020/04/30/heres-why-youre-feeling-zoom-fatigue/#26fc8cf42ac6 

https://dailynorthwestern.com/2020/10/14/campus/academic/students-grapple-with-endless-screen-time-and-zoom-fatigue/