What does Zoom do for our mental health and body image?
Anyone who has had to replace their usual face-to-face appointments with a busy calendar full of Zoom appointments will be familiar with their face at this stage. Looking into the camera of a phone or laptop, we are used to seeing our faces from all sides. We saw ourselves blinking, we discovered our resting bitches in action, and we had a new (obsessive) concern about bags under our eyes and facial features. This, coupled with our mood (and research has shown that the amount of time we spend on Zoom broadcasts to our heads) has influenced the way we view and criticize ourselves.
What started out as a new way of interacting with our mates and coworkers from the couch while we were wearing our asses seems to have lost its luster in the six months we have been using, and overused video conferencing can have detrimental effects on our mental health and image. our body.
This is not an entirely new problem. Access to social platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others has resulted in people of all ages becoming attached to social media, explains Dr. Martina Paglia, a psychologist at the International Psychological Clinic. In this era, communication via social platforms has become more commonplace than face-to-face meetings, which is a rarity these days. It has its advantages, but it also led to the paradox of loneliness, anxiety, depression, hatred, and narcissism, which is somehow directly linked to overuse of social media.
The addition of Zoom, which for many has become a permanent feature of our work life overnight, exacerbates the problem. Face-to-face meetings are essential mechanisms for communication and maintaining a healthy environment. This is a great way to non-verbally represent our feelings, emotions, attitudes, gestures, and postures. But in larger meetings, we need to put in more effort to stay active, says Dr. Martina.
It may sound trivial, but the energy required to maintain momentum in a virtual space filled with distractions, technical glitches and lags can make us feel drained, unable to cheer each other on like we would in real life. It is exhausting to feel that we have to put in more effort to be mentally present in a meeting where we are not physically present. Internet meetings increase cognitive load as they require more conscious ability and effort, says Dr. Martina. In real-life meetings, silence is a great tool as it creates a natural rhythm and calmness. At Zoom meetings, this worries and angers us. We pass out and feel that the other person is less friendly and focused.
If we allow it, overuse of social media and conferencing platforms can reduce our productivity, cause us to lose focus, and worsen our mood. A pilot study from the University of Pennsylvania has shown a link between social media use and feelings of depression and loneliness, explains Dr. Martina. This proves that less use of social platforms can significantly increase self-esteem and well-being.
It is this vulnerable state that can make scaling calls a complex environment. For many of us, daily video conferencing is a new requirement that has been introduced at times more anxious and claustrophobic than usual.
Many researchers and psychologists agree that people with positive self-esteem are more confident and more effective, says Dr. Martina. People with low self-esteem focus on their weaknesses and all the bad things in their personality and life. When our mental health suffers and we already feel depressed, it can exacerbate the problems we have with our own bodies, not to mention the fact that we are confronted with our own reflections during long hours of meetings. When heads stare at us for a long time, it can be off-putting, says Dr. Martina. We can focus more on hair, makeup, and clothes than on the meeting. When we see our faces lit up in the corner of the screen, we feel shy, but also more critical.
The search for rework is increasing, and we know that people feel more aware and unhappy with their body problems than before. After the quarantine, Dr. Rod J. Rorich, a cosmetic surgeon based in Texas, told the BBC that he is accepting even more patients than I would say is normal. If we wanted to, we could work six days a week. Likewise, the consensus coming from cosmetic surgeons and aesthetic nurses locally in the UK is that treatments such as rhinoplasty, lip fillers and botox continue to grow. This is not to daemonize settings. If it makes you happier and more confident, that can only be good.