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I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

I'm not commuting . I'm sleeping well. I don't have to run from place to place; no more 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls to go to the airport. My meetings are all online, which I take from the comfort of my own home . There's plenty of good coffee to keep me going. So why am I so tired every afternoon?

It turns out that in-person meetings may be boring , and they may be a waste of time , but they're not nearly as draining as Zoom calls are. In fact, video calls require a lot more of our mental energy than simple phone calls or in-person meetings do. These calls are draining the energy of homebound office workers the world over , in a way that in-person meetings rarely do. Why is that?

For one thing, nonverbal communication is seriously impaired on a video call. In a face-to-face meeting, we give nonverbal cues all the time. Here is just a partial list of nonverbal cues we give one another in face-to-face encounters : we make eye contact ; we take a deep breath before we say something; we cross our arms ; we face toward or slightly away from another person; we lean back in our chairs ; we stare up into space ; we blink ; we gesture ; we fidget with something in our hands. All these nonverbal cues contribute to the conversation in one way or another.

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