zoom fatigue and low pressure contexts (mini…

Our current digital social contexts force us to be “always on.” Slack, Email, and even newcomers like Clubhouse increasingly optimize for a communication flow that is synchronous, which requires both parties to be actively involved in the conversation. Synchronous communication mostly mirrors our mode of communicating in person, where you’re actively engaged in the conversation, but when you move that process to the digital medium, there’s a formality that is associated with the translations to the digital format that puts heavier pressure on each interaction. It’s why “zoom fatigue” is universal and we’ve started to hate our devices as we’ve had to rely on them for social interaction.

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