Updated: Aug 21, 2020
By Dr. Carole Sox
If you are feeling tired and stressed more than usual, it may be due to digital fatigue. Yes, it is real and many of us are experiencing it in today’s virtual work environment. Since we are now meeting virtually more than ever before, we have had to learn how to communicate in a different way than usual. While virtual options provide many advantages, such as allowing us to work from home and saving money on travel, there are some downsides to meeting in the virtual environment such as a communication breakdown.
In a virtual environment, we miss nonverbal cues. You may not realize how much of our communication revolves around nonverbal signs. We constantly look for facial expressions, body language and other signals as we comprehend information. While some of this may be visible in virtual meetings, it is much harder for our brains to grasp and comprehend. This can be stressful and tiring.
In addition, we are now connected 24/7. The stress of being digitally connected at all times can be mentally exhausting. We now have information coming at us from all directions and many of us on experiencing information overload!
With that being said below are the signs of of Digital Fatigue:
Having trouble focusing.
Experiencing strained eyes.
Working many hours virtually outside of your normal workday.
Spending way too much time on your devices.
If this sounds like you, I suggest you begin exploring Digital Fatigue. Our next blog will cover how to handle our new virtual normal and offer tips on managing this situation.