You're Gonna Miss Zoom When It's Gone

Posted On: Jan 17, 2022   |   Posted By: The Atlantic

If there's a villain of the pandemic, other than COVID-19, it's probably Zoom. The videochatting platform is making people tired , it's making people awkward , and it's making people sick of their own faces. Zoom is such a shoddy substitute for real life that, according to o ne survey , nearly one in five workers has illicitly met up in person with colleagues to discuss work. And in another poll , a third of women said they were “talked over, interrupted or ignored more frequently” in virtual meetings than in person. Zoom haters: I hear you, and I validate your experiences. But Zoom is actually great! Don't get me wrong. I love reporting in person-in fact, I've missed it dearly. But I find working in an office, public speaking, going to big parties, and attending important meetings in person enormously stressful. I prefer Zoom for all of these things, and I'm going to miss it when it's gone. So will many other socially anxious people. Though I enjoy elements of in-person socializing, I don't really miss some...

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