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Who knew we would start the new decade with so many conference and video calls with colleagues, friends and family? If you feel tired or burned out after all these virtual calls, meetings or conferences, welcome to the club. So many people are experiencing this phenomenon that it has even been given  the name “Zoom Fatigue”.   “Zoom fatigue” describes fatigue, anxiety or burnout associated with excessive use of virtual communication platforms. “Zoom fatigue”, like other experiences accompanying the pandemic, is widespread, intense and completely new.   So, the question is: what effect does the increased use of virtual communications have on our well-being? The amount of virtual meetings have gone through the roof, with hundreds of millions of online encounters taking place every day, as protocols of social isolation have physically kept people apart. It is frustrating when most of our socialization takes place online, as this can affect…