Late Post

Zoom fatigue kicks in as working from home becomes working from phone

Since the start of the third national lockdown, the UK’s workforce has once again been forced to work and learn under one roof, leading to increased stress, not least from connectivity issues which are, according to research from mobile operator O2, leading to people relying on their mobile data more than ever to stay online during the day.

The survey was conducted online by YouGov between 22 and 24 January 2021, contacting 4,328 adults, of whom 1,351 were working from home. In all, nearly half (47%) of Brits indicated that they were experiencing increased stress since the beginning of 2021 due to connectivity issues in their homes.

With more people now at home and sharing their broadband, over a third (36%) of Brits currently working from home were found to be regularly switching to mobile data to stay online and 61% of Brits agreed that being able to connect to mobile data had made the experience of working from home better.

Over a quarter (28%) of respondents have also considered switching to mobile data for an important business call. Younger people (61%) and those with children in the household (65%) were the groups most reliant on mobile data to keep