With so many people using video conferencing tools – especially Zoom – in their new-normal working from home lockdown environment, there’s a rise in anxiety and stress when it comes to using a tool like this as your primary method of real-time communication across the work/life divide.
It’s leading to burnout says Angela Lashbrook writing in OneZero last week:
When we’re already forced to conduct our work life via the same means, it’s perfectly reasonable to become overwhelmed when suddenly your entire social circle thinks you’re 100% available all the time to hop on Zoom or Houseparty.
“With no delineation of work and home, most people I know are on calls all day,” says Reema Mitra, a brand strategist based in New York. “On the weekends, I am exhausted from all the calls, so I don’t want to use more screens to see friends, and overall that makes me sad.”
Links from this week’s chat:
- Zoom Burnout is Real
- Webcam Backdrop (recommended by Kris Gallagher)
- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Memes
- The Work of the Internet Society Community During the Pandemic
- Zoom backgrounds from Unsplash
Join us on Thursday April 23 at 1pm EDT / 6pm UK time for the next episode of FIR Zoom Chat. You’ll need the specific Zoom URL for this meeting: contact Shel or Neville for that; or via the contact page on the FIR website, or @FIRpodcast.