I get the problem
I give trainings. Excel trainings, mostly.
Since March of last year, those trainings have been virtual.
On the one hand, it's cool. I have a fiber link, so I can work from home. No traffic, no delays, and I have a kitchen that is stocked with everything I like. What could possibly be better, you ask ?
Interaction. I miss being able to see who is struggling to understand. I miss being able to go over to a student's screen and check on how they are managing, what problem they have. I spend the whole day talking to a screen - and it's worse when nobody answers my questions. I don't know if they misunderstood me, don't know the answer, or can't be bothered to respond. When I am standing in front of them, they at least pretend to be thinking about the problem.
There have been good groups. There have been people with questions, interrogating me on the finer points, requesting clarification. It is such a relief to have people reacting to what I say.
But when I have spent a day talking to the void without any reaction whatsoever, it is very frustrating and infuriating and I hate the job.
Thank God I don't only do trainings. I think I'd be going mad.