Covid-19 Update: Zoom Fatigue? How About 4 Simple Solutions for Kids and Adults

Hello again friends:

Many of our patient community have had to switch to working from home, and this entails a lot of computer time and sometimes endless hours of online Zoom meetings or other online video conferencing and meeting services. We hear about Zoom fatigue, computer fatigue, headaches, eye strain, neck and back pain, lack of movement and more. Here is what the authors have to say:

Abstract:               For decades, scholars have predicted that videoconference technology will disrupt the practice of commuting daily to and from work and will change the way people socialize. In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic forced a drastic increase in the number of video conference meetings and Zoom became the leading software package because it was free, robust, and easy to use. While the software has been an essential tool for productivity, learning, and social interaction, something about being on videoconference all day seems particularly exhausting, and the term “Zoom Fatigue” caught on quickly. In this article, I focus on nonverbal overload as a potential cause for fatigue and provide four arguments outlining how various aspects of the current Zoom interface likely lead to psychological consequences.

 Bottom Line:

The good news is that the researchers have revealed simple fixes that should help. If you are online and having to attend video conferences or meetings, consider reading the article below and try using the 4 simple steps that they outline to relieve Zoom fatigue. Some of these ideas also apply to children who attend school through video conferencing. The fixes that they describe are EASY and can lower the stress, plus you can read this entire article in just a few minutes. Let us know if these suggestions really help you.





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