Zoom Fatigue is Real: Why Introverts Find Video Calls Hard | TIS Ep. 34

Zoom Fatigue is Real: Why Introverts Find Video Calls Hard | TIS Ep. 34

Episode Summary:

It’s been more than a year, and like Covid (alas), Zoom calls are still here. From the constant refrain of #YoureOnMute to the after hours video chats, it’s just too much–especially for introverts. Join Sharon and Lisa as they explain why Zoom fatigue is a real thing, and how you can manage it.

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3 Big Takeaways:

  1. The Why: “Zoom fatigue happens in part because it’s a constant reminder of how much the world has changed.”
  2. The How: “You have to make more of an effort to appear friendly and switched on. You have to do so much performing.”
  3. The What: “Take breaks. Set limits. Establish boundaries. It’s about mental health care, and self care.”

5 Key Quotes: 

  1. “Zoom calls affect your state of mind. You feel tired from the constant effort to be ‘on’.”
  2. “A part of what makes you exhausted is that the natural cadence of conversation has changed. You don’t have the usual cues, so you have to overcompensate for that.”
  3. “The social pressure of Zoom calls is real.”
  4. “As introverts, we need some time to decompress. Having back to back Zoom meetings doesn’t allow us that time.”
  5. “Zoom is a very useful tool, but we have to recognize the mental and emotional toll it can sometimes take.”

By The Numbers:

  • 1:00 – Introverts Uniting: The sisters catch up about what’s been going on in their lives. Lisa’s excited because she got paid for some of her anti-racism writing, and Sharon explains why it’s important to not ask Black people to do unpaid labor.
  • 5:17 – The sisters discuss why Zoom calls are so draining, especially for introverts.