While Zoom has been a tremendous asset for us, particularly during the pandemic, I do sometimes feel like I am trapped in a game of Hollywood Squares from hell. From figuring out when to pause, to when to chime in to make a comment, to struggling to see let alone read body language, to broadband glitches - Zoom life has its issues. While it has enabled us to be brought together in ways that have made persevering through this difficult period possible, it has also cultivated an elevated appreciation for live interaction with colleagues, clients, etc.
The affliction that’s come to be known as “Zoom fatigue” is way more than a byproduct of too many meetings. Social scientists say it’s the result of the sudden mass adoption of technology that’s disrupting the normal, instinctual and finely-tuned way of communicating that developed to help humans survive.