In the times of the pandemic, virtual communication has become an integral part of our daily lives. Zoom has recently stated that the platform has a whopping 300 million daily meeting participants, which has soared from 10 million back in December. Similarly, Microsoft has recorded 200 million meeting participants in a single day, and Google Meet hit over 100 million daily users.

At this point, we all know very well that not everything is what it seems when you’re connecting in the comfort of your home. So when a scientist named Gretchen Goldman shared a revealing snap of her actual Zoom call background, it was bound to go viral. The caption stated: “Just so I'm being honest,” and the tweet amassed 282.5k likes and 30.6k retweets.

Sooner than we knew it, many others also decided to share what their colleagues and interviewers on the other side of the screen don’t get to see. The pics are both painfully relatable and funny to look at, and it’s a fair reminder that nailing the effortlessly cool video call setup is kinda a form of art.

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Image credits: GretchenTG

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Your Local Lizard
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1 month ago

everybody would love the cat tho :)

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Sabse
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1 month ago

*Takes a bottle of wine*

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Frankenfrog
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1 month ago

CANCEL THE MEETING, 'CAUSE PUPPEEEEHS

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The worldwide pandemic has clearly changed the ways we communicate on a daily basis, and video calls have been a part of this. However, as video conferencing platforms continue to boom, more and more users have been reporting feeling worn-out and tired. There’s now even a slang term “Zoom fatigue” which refers to this newly occurring phenomenon.

Andrew Franklin, an assistant professor of cyberpsychology at Virginia’s Norfolk State University, told National Geographic that “There's a lot of research that shows we actually really struggle with this.” He thinks people may be surprised at how difficult they’re finding video calls given that the medium seems neatly confined to a small screen and presents few obvious distractions.

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Melissa Sawicki
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1 month ago

Love the Siamese Cats. Hopefully they aren't "Chatty" while you are in a meeting. Anyone who has or had a Siamese Catto knows they are one of the most Chatty Cat Breeds. Beautiful

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Alex K
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1 month ago

Oh she's got a light too, she's a pro

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Leopoldo Pisanello
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1 month ago

Bare-footed with that lego just lying around? That's an accident waiting to happen...

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It turns out that, even though in theory, video calls are designed to be smooth and efficient, in reality, they do demand increased effort and concentration from their users. For example, the participant has to pay much more attention to the words uttered, which makes it hard for people who’re dependent on non-verbal communication cues.

The second challenge of video calls has to do with the fact that it requires simultaneous focus on multiple screens. Franklin said that “we’re engaged in numerous activities, but never fully devoting ourselves to focus on anything in particular.”

Parallel conversations are also impossible in this virtual setting. Simultaneously, we often find multiple people talking over the teacher at the same time, which can feel overwhelming to the listeners. As a result, for many of us, the mental load of attending packed conferences may be harder than we’d think.

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Billie Templeton
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1 month ago

Digging the socks!

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Yvonne Blau
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1 month ago

Been there

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Your Local Lizard
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1 month ago

PANDA

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Callie Le
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1 month ago

Doggo looks both confused and suitably impressed

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Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

My employer would not be able to reach me on vacation.

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Your Local Lizard
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1 month ago

This is why we need more books

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varwenea
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1 month ago

Meeting with the outdoors as background. Could be a bit bright though.

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Stille20
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1 month ago

I can't imagine the people who are balancing young children and working from home. One of my friends has said it's hard but he secretly loves when he hears his kids come charging toward his "office".

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Nadine Bamberger
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1 month ago

You have a very generous cat, mine would immediately evict me.

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Colin L
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1 month ago

Socks and sandles don't exist on screen.

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Billie Templeton
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1 month ago

Good dad

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CynderAce
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1 month ago

Shotty shotty bam bam!

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