Why Zoom meetings are so exhausting

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For many of us, working from home during COVID-19 has meant we are spending a lot of time on video meeting applications like Zoom. The effects of this have taken us by surprise.

Having giant heads staring at us up close for long periods can be off-putting for a lot of us. Never mind that we feel we should fix our iso-hair (COVID mullet anyone?), put on makeup, or get out of our pyjamas.

So why are online meetings more tiring than face-to-face ones?

People feel like they have to make more emotional effort to appear interested, and in the absence of many non-verbal cues, the intense focus on words and sustained eye contact is exhausting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020: The Year That Changed Us
EditorsMolly Glassey
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherThames & Hudson
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781760761394
ISBN (Print)9781760761325
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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