With the pandemic, most students and working adults have experienced or are still experiencing fatigue as they go from one online class or meeting to another.
This new phenomenon has become so common that there is now a proper term for it: Zoom fatigue.
Mental Health in Online Education: Zoom Fatigue in Online College/University Courses
What is Zoom fatigue?
Zoom fatigue is a form of burnout from the constant use of videoconferencing platforms when working orlearning online.
Although it is called "Zoom fatigue", it doesn't just apply to that one platform. Zoom fatigue can happen regardless of the videoconferencing platform you use.
The result is the same–you end your day feeling drained.
Causes of Zoom fatigue
There are many reasons why students and teachers get Zoom fatigue, but the most common reasons are:
#1 Anxiety and introversion
If you are introverted or anxious, having constant attention on you is stressful. As it’s harder to blend into the background like it is in offline classes, you have to worry about how you look, what you do, and what you say.
Even people who aren’t anxious or introverted may find it hard to adjust to the constant video calls when their daily human interactions have been significantly reduced due to Covid.
#2 Lack of in-person human interaction
Although we are constantly connecting online, communication through a digital screen and in person are notably different.
Many people are not used to the perpetual interactions online due to their reduced in-person interactions.
On top of that, you also have to learn to read people through the screen. Everyone’s voice and actions may not always be synced, and even the slightest delay can make them seem uninterested or unfriendly.
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