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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