Are you and your students struggling with mental health due to online university or college courses?
Well, you’re not alone.
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.
Zoom fatigue is a form of burnout from the constant use of videoconferencing platforms when working or learning 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.
There are many reasons why students and teachers get Zoom fatigue, but the most common reasons are:
Zoom fatigue is a serious problem because it doesn’t just make you exhausted, but it also takes a toll on your brain.
Your brain is constantly working hard to read the non-verbal cues through a small screen, which is evidently harder to do digitally than in person.
In real-life group classes, you only have to be 'on' when it's their turn to speak. But online classes demand you to always look and be ready because your video is on throughout.
The stress and mental gymnastics is exacerbated for people who don't live alone as they have to take into consideration possible interruption and embarrassment from other people in their living space.
Here are some of the common symptoms of Zoom fatigue that you can look out for:
The bottom line
We know that adapting to online learning and non-stop video classes can be extremely difficult.
If you need more help with dealing with Zoom fatigue, come back next week for our article on how to combat it.
Meet Carissa. She regularly writes for Noodle Factory, covering a breadth of EdTech, AI and technology topics. You'll often find her underwater, on a yoga mat, or in a new restaurant. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week, we talked about what Zoom fatigue is, what causes it, and why it’s bad, especially for students in higher edu...