Science says ‘Zoom fatigue’ is real — and worse when you don’t like your face

A new study shows that people who don’t like how they look when videoconferencing are more likely to suffer from Zoom fatigue.

If you’ve been working from home throughout the pandemic, you’ve likely noticed a feeling of exhaustion after back-to-back virtual meetings.

Enter “Zoom fatigue,” which psychologists attribute to a number of factors, including:

  • Unnatural eye contact compared with in-person interactions
  • Difficulty sending nonverbal cues over video
  • Limiting natural movements to stay in the frame

According to Psychology Today, there’s another reason: facial appearance dissatisfaction. In other words, “Zoom fatigue” is worse for people that don’t like how they look on screen.

The finding is supported by a related spike in face-lifts when elective surgeries opened last summer.

How to fix it?

There’s one common thread across all the factors listed above: They all require the camera to be turned on.

Which means there’s a pretty simple solution — just turn the camera off for a while.

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