‘Zoom Fatigue’ Is Real, And Here’s How It Works

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Ever get tired of talking face-to-face while staring into a computer screen? You’re not alone, according to researchers at Stanford.

In fact, they’ve come up with a name for it: “Zoom fatigue.” Fittingly, it’s what happens you’re drained from talking on Zoom all day.

Per CNET: “Researchers say Zoom fatigue comes down to four primary causes: excessive and intense eye contact, constantly watching video of yourself, the limited mobility of being stuck at your desk and more energy spent identifying social cues you’d pick up on intuitively during in-person interactions.”

But fear not, Stanford researches also came up with ways to combat this sort of Zoom overdose. Those methods include turning off the video of yourself while using Zoom, and positioning your desk so that you have room to stretch, stand up and move around a little.

Only in this day and age do we need this sort of advice, but it’s pretty clear that “Zoom” has nothing to do with moving or traveling very quickly — which is the very definition of the word.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. The full time work from home thing is the most unnatural and depressing thing imaginable unless you’re an extreme introvert. I am not. I didn’t realize how much I got out of interacting in person with coworkers until I couldn’t. It’s next to impossible to build real camaraderie. Zoom, Teams, Google, all of the junk, is not meant for long term use, because humans are designed for personal relationship and community. It’s psychologically harmful to isolate people staring at screens for long periods of time, and not having clear separation of work and home life is unhealthy. I’m afraid the effect the idiotic shutdowns will have on people will be talked about for a long time. Still waiting for that 15-days to flatten the curve to end aren’t we?

    • It’s going to be 15 years at this rate unless we get people to stop listening to Gates, Fauci, Klaus Schwab, and whomever else thinks they have power because they sold their soul, have money and drink blood.

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