Zoom Fatigue is a real thing

The science is in: “zoom fatigue” is a real thing. A new study published in the journal Nature Communications has found that video conferencing can lead to mental exhaustion.

Researchers surveyed nearly 600 office workers in China who were using video conferencing platforms like Zoom and found that those who used the platforms for more than three hours a day were more likely to experience symptoms of “zoom fatigue.”

The study’s authors say that the mental exhaustion is likely due to the fact that video conferencing requires us to use more cognitive resources than in-person interactions. We have to process nonverbal cues like facial expressions and body language, which can be tiring. Additionally, the constant eye contact required by video calls can add to the fatigue.

So what can you do to combat zoom fatigue?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best way to deal with zoom fatigue may vary depending on the individual. However, some tips on how to deal with zoom fatigue include taking breaks from screens, getting outside for fresh air and exercise, and disconnecting from work when possible. Additionally, it can be helpful to set boundaries around screen time and to make sure to schedule in time for socializing and relaxation.

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