Thanks to COVID-19, there’s a new way of getting together in this day of social distancing. Whether it’s Facetime or Zoom, people are chatting and video-conferencing via the Internet. But like any new hot spots, there are certain ins and outs that separate the those-in-the-know from the those-in-the-need-to know.
If you’re worried about not being one of the cool kids, take heart. Check out the “Saturday Night Live” Zoom Call below. [Editor’s note: The video is (a) R-rated and (b) painfully funny].
FYI: If you already know the intricacies of group socialization, you still might want to brush up on some of these hints:
- silence you cellphone if you’re participating on your computer or tablet.
- find the mute button and push it, if you just want to listen.
- put the pooch and the munchkins in another room, if you aren’t muting.
- hold your camera at eye level.
- have a nice backdrop like a shelf of books or a wall of photos from your being homecoming queen.
- be intimidated by the process. It’s like riding a bicycle. No one naturally takes to it. Check with the host/hostess and they’ll help you through the process.
- yell at your kids or significant others. At least mute when hollering
- wear perfume unless you really want to.
- stray from the day’s topic. You may the world’s leading expert on the origins of high heels dating back to tenth century, but who cares when the conversation’s subject is the global economical future?
- drink adult beverages unless it’s an happy hour event. Even then, draw the line at one glass. You don’t want to be remembered for ZUI (Zooming Under the Influence).
- take your camera to places that might prove to be embarrassing. Powder-room breaks should be off-limits for the Zoom get togethers.