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Since the coronavirus outbreak, more and more people started studying and working from home. Some of them, however, are as tech-savvy as my 89-year-old grandma and are running into some problems.

It's a good thing if your issues revolve around things like setting up your workspace and trying to find out where to plug the wires in. You spend some time googling it and take care of it. But if you can't handle a conference call, I have some bad news for you. Not only will your colleagues make sure you remember it, but they will also probably tell the Internet all about your video call fiasco as well.

From a not-so-secret bathroom trip to a rogue potato boss, here are some of the funny fails people have recorded during their Zoom video chats.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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However, don't let these funny Zoom fails to discourage you from video-calling your colleagues. "Most creativity is done in face-to-face environments," Nicholas Bloom, an economics professor at Stanford University, told Vox. "It encourages you to be ambitious and motivated. Full-time at home can be pretty miserable. Most people don’t enjoy it, you know, week in week out." 

The expert predicts that, in general, productivity will be down dramatically. "I think even if this all returns to normal, there’s going to be a long-run cost. 2020 is going to be the year of lost innovation. If you look 10 years from now, there’s going to be a hole in new patents and new products and new ideas and great inventions that just didn’t happen in 2020, 2021. Think of scientists or engineers. How can they work properly at home? They’re being sent home, but I suspect they’re really not being very constructive."

According to Bloom, the main thing we all can do to counter this is to recreate social contact, ideally using video conferencing, two ways. "For example, the whole group can meet for a 30-minute video chat at 11:00 every day to catch-up on their personal situation, chat about the news or life in general — no work talk." For individual interactions, Bloom said that managers should aim to spend 10 minutes video-talking individually to each of their employees every morning and every afternoon. "This is time-consuming but critical for keeping employees happy and productive through the next few months."

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So, I have a parrot and online classes. We are not required to have video in the online class, so we just connect our microphones. Today, my bed, was extremely comfortable. As I got up at 10 am to join the online meeting in Zoom, my bed started calling me. I felt it. I joined, and didn't mute myself. Normally I'd mute myself because I have a parrot. My parrot is an Indian Ringneck, and those bastards are loud af. I decided to fall asleep through the whole class as my bed felt so good. Only after I woke up an hour after the class I realised I was still in the meeting with an unmuted microphone. I texted one of my classmates and they told me they couldn't have a normal class, and the teacher didn't know how to kick me out. They also said they tried talking with the parrot, they told me he said "Hello" and "What you doing" and then proceeded to repeat "ok" for the duration of the class.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would love being called by any kid, finally some opportunity for some interesting conversation ;)

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This girl went to the bathroom during zoom meeting

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow she carried it in there , was looking at it and couldn't figure out oh my video is still going... jeez

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If these were my classes it would be much, much more than 3 people making noises

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

when your coworkers see what your place looks like on a day to day basis haha

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I haven't shaved in over a week and No longer wear undies. Still make sure to put pants on though.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can raise hands and so other things on zoom so that it isn't everyone talking at once.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you're going to sleep in class, you might as well do it early.

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Jace
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Has it not yet been made clear to everyone that such devices are NOT the way of the future? They’re not AI. They’re artificial stupidity, and constantly data-mining their customers.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What gets me about this one is that it's being recorded with a phone camera, so it's clearly not the first time he's done it.

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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nope, because we are not all faking it and low key hoping people are watching us randomly lifting our shirt over our head for ZERO reason at all. It's just you.

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