ZOOM notes | in a pandemic state

In this pandemic world, more and more of us probably are attending meetings; connecting with friends and family; attending webinars; taking courses and exercising with ZOOM or one of the other video applications.

This post is about several aspects of this social connection phenomenon.

zoom fatigueIllustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

“Another pandemic woe: Zoom fatigue” | “The rapid trajectory of videoconferencing service Zoom has entered a new phase: What started as a social lifeline during the pandemic, and then became an object of privacy and security concerns, has now become a grind.

“Why it matters: Zoom is wearing a lot of us down, and as our era of enforced online work and socializing drags on, we’re all going to have to learn how to better conserve our physical and psychological energy.

“There are several reasons why videoconferencing is so exhausting.” — AXIOS

“Zoom releases security updates in response to ‘Zoom-bombings'” – The Guardian

The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources is transitioning to ZOOM cross-training meetings, Death Cafes and webinars, too. In this week’s e-blast to Link partner agencies, this announcement appeared:

COMING in May and June: Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Link partners ZOOM EVENTS: We’ll be hosting three very special ZOOM Webinars; the dates will be announced soon. Each of these multi-hour virtual events are FREE for our Link to Aging and Disability Resources’ partner agencies. And we’re trying to find out how to get CEUs for each event.

    • Some of you may recall the exceptional workshop – “Authentic Communications” – we hosted several years ago.Those same  dynamic “Work Wisdom” presenters who engaged you then will be back for a two and a half hour WEBINAR all about managing through uncertain times. Times like these.
    • We’ll have another multi-hour WEBINAR with a nationally recognized dynamo with local roots; this ZOOM WEBINAR is totally focused on creating and sustaining cultures of diversity and equity.
    • Lancaster and Lebanon Link partners who got a taste of this presenter’s cross-training presenter’s “Early life experiences and trauma” presentation asked to have more. So we’re thrilled to let you know that Dr. Lark Eshleman will be the ZOOM WEBINAR presenter on the subject of Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Stay tuned – more to come soon – we’re working out the details of CEUs and dates and times.

“Look Who’s Zooming! Bear, Brookline’s comfort dog & friends”The Boston Globe

“What do you think of the new Zoom updates? Which Zoom update is your favorite?” – That’s one of the “Quarantine Conversation Starters” in this New Yorker short article. Another one we liked is: “I had a dream last night that I was at a restaurant, and, when the waiter poured my water, his hand accidentally brushed against mine, and I woke up sobbing for our lost world. Have you had any weird dreams lately?”

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