I’m not sure how much longer I can stare into a camera and pretend not to be multitasking. So just asking.
This week, I’ve read several articles about Zoom fatigue. Apparently, it’s a thing. I don’t mean to single out Zoom; it’s all video chatting services, and it’s easy to understand why.
Video is a high-focus activity (as opposed to audio, which is very low focus; you can drive, exercise, read, watch video, mute your microphone and have another conversation, etc.). When you’re involved in an interactive video, that is all you can do. It’s like being in a one-to-one meeting, only worse, because you never know when your boss, client, or other person to whom you should not show disrespect, is looking directly at you.
It’s time to evolve some video chatting etiquette. Shorter durations, better agendas, signals that it’s OK turn off your camera, appropriate ways to mute your mic without insulting your host (or getting fired). We need this for work and for life.
Remember, you don´t use a screw driver to knock in a nail – use the right tools for the job. If a call will do, then just pick up your phone.