Zoom fatigue, psychological distress, life satisfaction, and academic well-being: insights from the Turkish adaptation of the Zoom Exhaustion and Fatigue Scale

Deniz, M.E., Satici, S.A., Doenyas, C. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2022. Zoom fatigue, psychological distress, life satisfaction, and academic well-being: insights from the Turkish adaptation of the Zoom Exhaustion and Fatigue Scale. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 25 (5), pp. 270-277. ISSN 2152-2715

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Abstract

Little is known about the psychological consequences of the recently increased utilization of video conferencing, which has enabled life to proceed as close to normal as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. To understand the psychological consequences of this recent global lifestyle change in different populations, the psychometric validation of the Zoom Exhaustion and Fatigue Scale (ZEFS) and the relationship of this construct with academic well-being, mental well-being, and life satisfaction are presented. In a sample of 470 Turkish university students (57% female, Mage= 20.26 + 2.18, ranging between 18 to 33 years), first-order and second-order CFAs confirmed the construct validity of the scale, and IRT results yielded appropriate item difficulty and discrimination. ZEFS scores were significantly and positively associated with anxiety, depression, and stress, and negatively associated with life satisfaction and academic well-being, supporting the scale's concurrent validity. Incremental validity was shown with mediational models demonstrating significant and separate indirect effects of ZEF on life satisfaction and academic well-being, both mediated by psychological distress. The results suggest ZEFS to be a valid and reliable tool to evaluate the psychological consequences of videoconferencing, which has globally increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, in non-Western samples. By showing the relationships of Zoom exhaustion and fatigue with psychological distress, life satisfaction, and academic well-being, the present study highlights potential avenues to be addressed in order to protect the mental well-being of all individuals that have integrated videoconferencing as part of their daily lives.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Creators: Deniz, M.E., Satici, S.A., Doenyas, C. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Date: 10 May 2022
Volume: 25
Number: 5
ISSN: 2152-2715
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1089/cyber.2021.0249DOI
1542800Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 04 May 2022 15:57
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 10:11
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46251

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