Humanity is faced with a new complex phenomenon of “Zoom-depletion”

Today damn we already know that frequent and prolonged exposure to video chats can be incredibly tedious. In the publications of the BBC and the Wall Street Journal, for example, had already published stories about the phenomenon of “Zoom-depletion”, which makes people feel more socially repressed than it was before the pandemic.

The phenomenon stems from the fact that earlier people used a Zoom purely for meeting clients, colleagues or teachers of the word in the external life. Now, after a long school-day video call with loved ones seem more tedious, and the denial of access to communication stimulates the sense of guilt due to the lack of good reasons that could be invoked.

The problem is that interactive video-interaction is fundamentally different from personal communication. When we sit with someone face to face, we read much more information, than through the narrow window of the camera. Thus, we have to make more of an effort to understand the interlocutor, and your own words to select carefully. In addition, we lose about 85% of communication due to the lack of body language and even a dead in the smelling process.

It is known that the Zoom is actually not designed for active social interaction, the role of which gave him now. In the office environment for a long time, people rarely look directly into each other’s eyes. In the window of the same video we see many close-UPS of persons who look to us for the entire conference. This provokes a reflex “fight or flight” which causes serious mental strain.

Professor Legends-white from Northern Illinois University offers several tricks that help to minimize fatigue from chat. For example, instead of having to open your own face, you can use the avatar – this reduces the social burden. “Don’t schedule meetings right next to each other. Take a break from the screen between sessions and breathe in the fresh air. Divide the spaces inside the house on “the office” and “bedroom”. Can alternate different lighting or clothing to show myself that there is a change of regime.” Or just turn off the camera during a video conference. Programs like Zoom allow you to control the location and size of Windows, other people use it. But you can completely abandon the computer. There’s always the phone – parietalnae your eyes will thank you.

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