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Zoom Fatigue: What It Is, and What You Can Do About It

Working from home means constantly being online on Zoom and social media, which can be draining and taxing

Early this year, due to the lockdowns brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, private employers across Metro Manila have mandated their employees to work from home, either completely or in shifts. In the first few months of quarantine, traffic decreased, internet usage went up, and public spaces—like coffee shops, malls, and restaurants—became ghost towns. Now that the economy has slowly begun to open up again, with Metro Manila being under general community quarantine, some semblance of normalcy has returned. While many industries are still temporarily shuttered, like live events and theatre, there are some that are able to flourish in the digital space, and some that have been able to adapt.

As Metro Manila heads into another month of general community quarantine, many companies still have their employees working from home, which means meeting online—either via Zoom or some similar service, like Google Meet, or through social media—continues to be the norm. But it’s not just work-related matters that make use of video conferencing apps—these days, even social gatherings with friends and family take place on Zoom, because of the continued need to social distance. Until a vaccine becomes widely available and safe for use, it’s likely that our holiday celebrations this year will play out via video calls and group messages, further emphasizing what is known as Zoom fatigue. 

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