Zoom Dysmorphia: The Pandemic Mental Disorder from Video Calling

The Covid-19 pandemic has left many negative consequences in different daily activities, one of them is the Zoom dysmorphia. It is a video calling disorder.

It is known that with the health crisis, the way to cope with education and work responsibilities had to migrate. It was a forced march to virtual meeting platforms. Unlike what happened before, in video calls with friends or colleagues, people see themselves more than other participants connected. This phenomenon is described by the Boston University marketer, Marcela Quintanilla-Dieck, such as Zoom dysmorphia.

Zoom calls and meetings have already exhausted many people. But, there is little that can be done against this trend: you have to work, study, or get on with life. The need prevails. However, social psychologists and marketers became aware of this peculiar trend, more than a year and a half after the global health crisis broke out.

In the most critical cases, Zoom’s dysmorphia has been classified as a disorder. Even though there are multiple people connected in the meetings, people tend to look only at themselves, as if it were seen in the mirror. It is very evident when a person looks at someone else’s box, because they stop posing and turn their gaze to another space on the screen.

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A new source of insecurities

The phenomenon of Zoom dysmorphia has generated insecurities that people didn’t have before. The most common are double chin, pimples on the skin, pronounced cheeks, separation of the eyes.

With this new intimacy in front of the camera, everything seems over the top. To the point that people ask themselves if they have always looked this bad. Some of them are not aware that computer cameras distort images too. But the anxiety remains.

This hyper-awareness of ‘imperfections’ Human health has already had a medical impact on some patients, according to researchers from the University of Massachusetts. This study, published in Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine, denounces how people are having surgery because they don’t like their appearance in virtual meetings. That’s how harsh self-criticism has become.

Nietzsche He anticipated Zoom’s dysmorphia. I knew that when you look into the abyss, it stares back at you. It is another way of saying that we recognize ourselves in the void, where there is nothing, where everything is lost: there is also something of us there.

When the camera is turned off, the echo of the void strikes harder. And in some way, we feel relief from no longer being in front of ourselves.

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  • Julio Sergio Marcano

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