Why Zoom Meetings Can Exhaust Us

After a few weeks of sheltering in place, Zoom is becoming a household verb. There is little doubt the software is helping us through this crisis. But many of us are getting mentally exhausted from videoconferencing—whether for a work meeting, an online dance class, or a virtual happy hour. Some argue the cause of this weariness is the starkness of online interaction, compared with being together in person. In fact, the opposite is true. My two decades studying people who communicate virtually suggest we are experiencing nonverbal overload.

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