Why Video Chats Are Wearing Us Out
Technology is saving us in quarantine-but it's also taking a toll. Here's why.
In the early days of the pandemic, as shelter-in-place orders became the norm and people rushed to find ways of staying connected, it became clear that technology would save us. We wouldn't have to be alone while staying at home, and this was good news.
While remaining grateful for the incredible way in which our screens have offered us up to each other, fast forward five weeks and many of us are finding ourselves exhausted from the never-ending video calls and virtual experiences. It's not that we don't want the option of connecting in digital spaces, it's just that we are finding them emotionally and energetically costly. We can't quite name why, but they seem to take more energy than the face-to-face encounters we are used to. Oddly, in many cases, they actually leave us feeling lonely.