You’re using Zoom for business meetings, family reunions and happy hours with friends. Some of you are even using it for socially distanced birthday parties and weddings.
With literally all of our social actions – outside of the nuclear family – in one place, it should come as no surprise that we’re sick of a specific interface or tool. This just gets old.
Additionally, video communication means we have to work harder to process non-verbal cues. Our brains are more attentive than usual, scanning for facial expressions, listening for tone and pitch of voice, and observing body language. This consumes more energy than you’d think, and this dissonance between mind and body is unnatural.
Seeing ourselves on camera can also make us feel anxious. When we’re too aware we’re being watched, we get stage fright. We start overthinking how we look, what we say, how messy our surroundings may be and what our coworkers are thinking about the state of our homes. This, too, is energy-draining.
Not to mention the possibility of screens freezing, sounds echoing, and a bunch of floating heads staring at you.
Simply put – this is tiring because it’s not natural!