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I hate zoom / video calls.

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Bluewavescrashing Sat 25-Apr-20 18:17:47

I always look terrible, there's a technical issue with someone, we talk over each other, you can't hear properly.

I have to use it for work and my family love it, but give me a WhatsApp message or email any day!

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Bluewavescrashing Sat 25-Apr-20 20:57:59

Just me then grin

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chatterbugmegastar Sat 25-Apr-20 21:07:15

Me too. I disable the laptop's camera grinsmile

Bluewavescrashing Sat 25-Apr-20 21:25:31

My laptop doesn't have a camera do I end up waving my phone around all over the place. I hate seeing my own face talking 😂

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SpeedofaSloth Sat 25-Apr-20 21:29:28

I am getting on better with voice only conference calls now, but I really don't like looking at myself on a video call.

Stellaris22 Sat 25-Apr-20 21:48:25

I'm glad I don't have to as I'd hate looking at myself. But DH uses Microsoft Teams as there were issues with Zoom and it's much better than Zoom they find. But mostly just do audio only calls and screen sharing.

BBCONEANDTWO Sat 25-Apr-20 21:50:34

It's becoming the norm now especially at work so unfortunately having to get used to it

Voice0fReason Sat 25-Apr-20 21:53:14

You can set it to not show your own face, you just see other people's. It's much more comfortable to watch!

PorpentiaScamander Sat 25-Apr-20 21:55:35

Same. My family are fucking obsessed with them. We've had a couple of online game evenings and apparently its 'no fun' if we can't all see each other confused and apparently "that's the whole point of doing it". I'd believe the person who said that more if he didn't then turn his sound off because people were talking. grin

Aquamarine1029 Sat 25-Apr-20 21:57:07

I don't do video calls. End of conversation.

Toybox88 Sat 25-Apr-20 22:08:03

I feel the same op

TowerRingInferno Sat 25-Apr-20 22:18:46

I hate them. I hate looking at myself and I don’t want people looking at me.

I only do one to one calls, not group ones.

whiteflat48 Sun 26-Apr-20 00:29:58

There is a facility in settings on Zoom entitled 'touch up my appearance' puts on filter that softens naturally

Intruiged Sun 26-Apr-20 00:33:14

Despise them

Blackbear19 Sun 26-Apr-20 00:37:42

Not a big fan. Even worse when you try to set something up for the kids to talk to family and the adults take over.
I actually think the kids get more out of a phone getting passed around. My 3yo has had some great chats with Granny, and Granny was even encouraged to talk to teddyhmm

HandfulOfFlowers Sun 26-Apr-20 00:40:46

I think they're fine. It makes conversations much more interactive in my opinion.

Bluewavescrashing Sun 26-Apr-20 08:08:16

My kids hate it too!

They love their grandparents dearly but there's not that much to talk about with no school or clubs on. DD is very self conscious and they both get bored. She doesn't like when her friends video call on my phone either so I gently told the parents that it's just not her thing unfortunately.

I take photos of them playing in the garden and send to my parents every day.instead. Or a short video of them on the trampoline or doing a silly dance or whatever.

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Wallywobbles Sun 26-Apr-20 08:55:34

I look fab on zoom with the filter and clean hair. You can't see that I'm a whale. It's all the hours I'm not on zoom that are the issue.

Wallywobbles Sun 26-Apr-20 08:56:33

Also on the computer you can choose to hide yourself if you want.

PersonaNonGarter Sun 26-Apr-20 08:59:50

Absolutely hate them. They are so intrusive.

I particularly hate the social ones which are chaotic and stilted and just meaningless compared to a fluid call.

For work, I only want to do concalls. This gives me the opportunity to properly look through my notes as we are talking.

domesticslattern Sun 26-Apr-20 09:01:41

I loathe and detest them, increasingly as time goes on. I have them all day with work, in the evenings I just want to be left alone. They are completely knackering as well.

Article about that phenomenon here
www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200421-why-zoom-video-chats-are-so-exhausting

pocketem Sun 26-Apr-20 12:57:57

Zoom has been working with really well for us. Meetings that we would have to travel 30 mins for each way and that would take us out of our usual workplaces can now occur online, cutting down on unnecessary time travelling. Plus the meetings are better attended, you can be more interactive (sharing your screen to show charts etc), easier to multitask if you have other commitments at the same time (you can dip in and out of the meeting as needed). Not to mention the cost savings of booking hotels/meeting venues. I can't see us going back to widespread face to face meetings

assburgers1 Sun 26-Apr-20 13:00:37

Oh I completely agree OP
I look a right state

Barton10 Sun 26-Apr-20 13:16:56

So relieved I’m not the only one that hates them. I avoid wherever possible and try to turn my camera off!

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