Quarantine causing introverted behavior
The above linked article tells about being isolated, but not alone. It mentions how overwhelming it is to be online for hours every week, even if it is just doing nonsense, like watching TV together.
I truly understand how the author feels. I have Zoom meetings almost every night. I try to limit them, but with school, it’s nearly impossible. Some days, I have had 5 meetings, back to back. It’s too much.
Unfortunately, I have had to cancel the social ones, since the school meetings affect my grades. I have told my friends “I just don’t have enough social in me this week.” I can’t think of another way to explain it.
The above linked article tells about why Zoom meetings are so exhausting. It’s written by a teacher, but a lot of it applies to everyone.
I have had multiple Zoom meetings for a variety of things. School work is important. I usually make time for that class. I have missed one because I just couldn’t handle one more thing that day.
I have done online bookclubs, which are mostly great, because right now, they aren’t about a specific book. Just talking and catching up with our fellow book lovers. Sometimes, those are a little much, too. Unfortunately, I have had to leave them a tad early, because they overlap with the school meetings.
I have attempted coffee and cocktail hours on Zoom. They are great if there are only a few people on them. If there are more than 10 or so, my brain can’t handle it at all. There’s too much to keep track of.
I can’t imagine how the teachers are handling it all, especially with the younger children and their parents, especially if they have their own children to help at home. Teachers are amazing! Thank you, teachers. And, thank you Zoom and the other programs that are being used out of necessity. Who knew it would come to this?