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4 days ago  
Experts explain that videoconferencing saps more brain power than in-person ones because you have to pay more attention.

Ummm no.

Zoom has given the average person the ability to nod apropriately while surfing the internet at the same time.  So if that takes more brain power so be it, but it certainly isn't because we are suddenly hanging on every word of next month's financial forecast.
 
4 days ago  
I think the most unexpected thing to happen to me over the past year is that I have to have been on a Zoom call. I downloaded the app when everything shut down, and then never had a need to use it.

I count this as a blessing.
 
4 days ago  
farside.zoombiesthedrivingdead.jpg
 
4 days ago  
Look, I thought that we all agreed that in 28 Days Later, they're not zombies, and that - while a very good remake - Zack Snyder took a few too many liberties with his being able to run.
 
4 days ago  

Sorelian's Ghost: Experts explain that videoconferencing saps more brain power than in-person ones because you have to pay more attention.

Ummm no.

Zoom has given the average person the ability to nod apropriately while surfing the internet at the same time.  So if that takes more brain power so be it, but it certainly isn't because we are suddenly hanging on every word of next month's financial forecast.


Actually, that's probably the reason why. People are "multitasking" for extended periods of time, which drains your cognitive energy far faster than sitting in a classroom/meeting and focusing on a lecturer.
 
4 days ago  
Go out and ply ball with your kids. After being hit in the groin a few times you'll learn to concentrate.
 
4 days ago  
Oh no, I only have four free (checks name of site again) Fast Company articles left for the entire month! How will I ever make it another 23 days without reading more than four (checks name of site again) Fast Company articles? Perhaps I'll finally break down and pay for a subscription to (checks name of site) Fast Company!
 
4 days ago  
Ok so rich dickheads who value presenteeism want us back in offices roger that bossman.
 
4 days ago  
me on most zoom calls...

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4 days ago  

whatisaidwas: farside.zoombiesthedrivingdead.jpg


Uh, you can really only do that with stuff that has been posted to Fark a thousand times. Google doesn't even know what I'm talking about with thst one.
 
4 days ago  
I would bet that it's more that they took a nap and shut their brain off during the zoom call and then tried to drive while not fully awake rather than it being the zoom call directly zapping their brainpower.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  

Sorelian's Ghost: Experts explain that videoconferencing saps more brain power than in-person ones because you have to pay more attention.

Ummm no.

Zoom has given the average person the ability to nod apropriately while surfing the internet at the same time.  So if that takes more brain power so be it, but it certainly isn't because we are suddenly hanging on every word of next month's financial forecast.


If I was an employer, supervisor, team leader, etc... then I'd do all meeting via videoconferencing if it caused people to pay more attention.
 
4 days ago  
Americans have a new pandemic-related problem to worry about: zombies. the type that kills because their own noggins aren't operating at full capacity.

"New" problem?  Buddy, this problem goes back to 1776 and then some.
 
4 days ago  
More likely that they're doing a Zoom meeting while driving
 
4 days ago  

Fireproof: whatisaidwas: farside.zoombiesthedrivingdead.jpg

Uh, you can really only do that with stuff that has been posted to Fark a thousand times. Google doesn't even know what I'm talking about with thst one.


That's why I couldn't post the actual thing either, but there can be no other reply to this thread than zoombies.
/imho
//It's like telling only the punchline and people still laugh
///not you
 
4 days ago  
LOL, I heard this yesterday on NPR. Even worse, it is making it difficult for them to pay attention to their phone while they're driving, they're weaving all over the road more so than usual.

God, the early 21st century is SO hard, you guys.
 
4 days ago  
And the number reporting distractions after not having Zoomed is?

Control groups, how do they farking work?
 
4 days ago  

whatisaidwas: Fireproof: whatisaidwas: farside.zoombiesthedrivingdead.jpg

Uh, you can really only do that with stuff that has been posted to Fark a thousand times. Google doesn't even know what I'm talking about with thst one.

That's why I couldn't post the actual thing either, but there can be no other reply to this thread than zoombies.
/imho
//It's like telling only the punchline and people still laugh
///not you


There's really not enough Far Side on the Internet. That's Gary Larson's fault for taking the RIAA attitude towards the Internet until way after even the RIAA had softened quite a bit.
 
4 days ago  

stuffy: Go out and ply ball with your kids. After being hit in the groin a few times you'll learn to concentrate.


I will say, watching parents play baseball with their kids 2 pm on a Monday was a bit unnerving at first but I'm happy to see people are able to spend quality time with their kids instead of being stuck in a cubicle farm.
 
4 days ago  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: And the number reporting distractions after not having Zoomed is?

Control groups, how do they farking work?


I don't know... I just got out of a Zoom meeting...

/brains.... God, that meeting needed more brains....
 
4 days ago  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: LOL, I heard this yesterday on NPR. Even worse, it is making it difficult for them to pay attention to their phone while they're driving, they're weaving all over the road more so than usual.

God, the early 21st century is SO hard, you guys.


I'm sure it was easier when the boss would give you a remote task and then you didn't hear from them until the next morning. Now you're expected to dial into a meeting while you're in traffic, respond to calls at all times, and keep an eye on emergency emails while you're off the clock. All for less money than everyone made 3 decades ago.
 
4 days ago  

UltimaCS: Smelly Pirate Hooker: LOL, I heard this yesterday on NPR. Even worse, it is making it difficult for them to pay attention to their phone while they're driving, they're weaving all over the road more so than usual.

God, the early 21st century is SO hard, you guys.

I'm sure it was easier when the boss would give you a remote task and then you didn't hear from them until the next morning. Now you're expected to dial into a meeting while you're in traffic, respond to calls at all times, and keep an eye on emergency emails while you're off the clock. All for less money than everyone made 3 decades ago.


Yeah no....
Definitely not looking at work email after 4 o'clock
In fact haven't looked at a work email since the 22 of March and won't be looking at them until I get back to work on the 19th
Even my boss has told me don't be an idiot and answer your phone if anyone calls
 
4 days ago  

strapp3r: me on most zoom calls...

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Okay, Mr. Toobin.
 
4 days ago  

Sorelian's Ghost: Experts explain that videoconferencing saps more brain power than in-person ones because you have to pay more attention.

Ummm no.

Zoom has given the average person the ability to nod apropriately while surfing the internet at the same time.  So if that takes more brain power so be it, but it certainly isn't because we are suddenly hanging on every word of next month's financial forecast.


I've heard this idea of having to pay more attention is tied directly to the slight delay between speaking and facial reactions; it makes perceiving how your words are landing significantly more challenging and apparently helps make us dumber.
 
4 days ago  

dave0821: UltimaCS: Smelly Pirate Hooker: LOL, I heard this yesterday on NPR. Even worse, it is making it difficult for them to pay attention to their phone while they're driving, they're weaving all over the road more so than usual.

God, the early 21st century is SO hard, you guys.

I'm sure it was easier when the boss would give you a remote task and then you didn't hear from them until the next morning. Now you're expected to dial into a meeting while you're in traffic, respond to calls at all times, and keep an eye on emergency emails while you're off the clock. All for less money than everyone made 3 decades ago.

Yeah no....
Definitely not looking at work email after 4 o'clock
In fact haven't looked at a work email since the 22 of March and won't be looking at them until I get back to work on the 19th
Even my boss has told me don't be an idiot and answer your phone if anyone calls


This. I don't have email on my phone, so I check it at work. That's it. Not on the weekends, not after I get home. If someone really needs me to see something, they text and I fire up the laptop. I'm not constantly available and ready to respond to every single email. If you set that expectation, that you don't check emails at home, people get used to it. More people should do it, but I honestly think for most, it's an emotional need to feel important. "I'm so vital to the company that I cannot be incommunicado for the 16 hours (or so) that I'm away from the office, even at 3 am." Most business absolutely CAN wait until the next morning.

I will say, I'm not an executive. The expectations for those people are more unreasonable, in my opinion. I like money, but I don't like it that much. Having said that, even most of them aren't answering emails at midnight or in the early morning hours. We are doing less business now, so that's part of it. But even pre-pandemic, most people were not reading and answering emails constantly, all day, every day, no matter where they were. Most sane people, anyway.
 
4 days ago  

thealgorerhythm: More likely that they're doing a Zoom meeting while driving


Don't laugh, yesterday our office had a video conference and one of the main presenters was doing exactly that.
 
4 days ago  
I think this might depend on if people have their cameras turned on or not.  I find zoom meetings where people are broadcasting their webcam much more exhausting since it feels like they are looking directly at me the whole time.  It's harder to relax and listen to the presentation.  In a normal meeting I can focus on the speaker and tune everyone out, but in a zoom meeting I see everyone's faces on the screen seemingly looking at me. I wish video conferencing apps had an option to turn off everyone's webcam.  Unless they are screen sharing, I don't want to see their video.
 
4 days ago  
Maybe it's due to only driving 200mi in the last year as opposed to the normal 12,000mi?
 
4 days ago  
" saps " is the appropriate word.
 
4 days ago  
Zoom uses servers in China.  This is probably some sort of Chinese attack on the US or the west.
 
4 days ago  
What zooming zombies might look like
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4 days ago  
I often confuse Zoom with Interactive Porn Hub when driving.  This is not the first article to do the same.
 
4 days ago  
Thanks to zoom and multitasking our collective attention span is approaching zero.
Now we are taking our new habits onto the streets.
 
4 days ago  
I was the only one with my camera on in our last on the, but I felt self conscious about turning it off once we started.
 
4 days ago  

Sorelian's Ghost: Experts explain that videoconferencing saps more brain power than in-person ones because you have to pay more attention.

Ummm no.

Zoom has given the average person the ability to nod apropriately while surfing the internet at the same time.  So if that takes more brain power so be it, but it certainly isn't because we are suddenly hanging on every word of next month's financial forecast.


More like, "Experts" are doing everything they can to support classic models of jobs preferred by corporations that demand workers be in an office to do work. If they're in the office, they can be monitored, controlled, and passive-aggressively pressured into working extra hours, taking on more tasks than they can handle, and participate in the corporate mind games.

They have grown used to a state where they can use "corporate culture" to basically institutionalize workers into believing various things that are flat out wrong, like they can't negotiate for better pay or that unions are bad or whatever.

lot of companies, especially in IT, have clung to this old model to the point of forcing telework out and demanding people work in an office because they want that control.

I'm hoping that the pandemic has both taught workers that most of office life and corporate culture are toxic and not something they need to accept as part of a job; and has demonstrated to employers that workers are just as productive working from home, not every style of job environment fits everyone, and they lose nothing by accommodating what works for workers.

/shrug
 
4 days ago  

flamesfan: Thanks to zoom and multitasking our collective attention span is approaching zero.
Now we are taking our new habits onto the streets.


Hate to break this to you, but it's been dropping like a rock for decades.
 
4 days ago  
Sounds like a BS study funded by big real estate wanting to scare employees back into their office spaces.
 
4 days ago  
Anyone using a videoconference app while driving needs a break. Preferably in a room with steel bars in front of it.
 
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