New study: 1 out of 10 People Admit to Attending Video Conferences in Their PJs
Research into video conferencing habits reveals the odd, awkward and outright fails of how we meet in front of the camera
London – June 25, 2015 — A new study by join.me, the popular online meeting tool, exposes the behaviours and experiences – good, bad and just plain, odd – of the rapidly growing number of people meeting via video around the world. Survey respondents were sourced from North America, Europe, Australia & New Zealand. Questions covered usage patterns, direct experiences and opinions on best and worst practices. Findings ranged from the mundane to just plain weird.
According to the research, some of the surprisingly common video conferencing taboos include:
1. Dress the part…at least the part that shows up on camera
12% of Britons admitted to attending a video conference with a professional top and pyjama pants. And 17% of people worldwide report seeing someone dressed inappropriately.
2. Stay out of bed – you snooze, you lose
More than 5% have actually seen someone taking a video conference from their bed, though 36% admit to finding a place in the house that makes you look more professional in prep for your video conference.
3. Don’t use video as a mirror
14% have seen someone using the video camera as a mirror to fix their hair, makeup and appearance. Interestingly, 1 in 5 Britons admit to applying make-up before getting on a video conference, whereas Germans and Kiwis tend to go natural with only 13% and 12%, respectively admitting to the same thing.
4. Stay out of the bathroom – Enough said.
16% of people surveyed voted this was the WORST thing someone could do on-screen – and horrifyingly enough, 3% have ACTUALLY seen someone taking a VC from their WC.
5. Don’t Pick Your Nose – Don’t pick anything.
1 in 10 people have seen someone pick their nose on-screen during a video conference.
6. No Pets – No Dog. No Cat. Or any other animal for that matter.
16% of people have seen an attendees pet make an unexpected cameo.
7. No Strange Sounds – Please do not emit awkward, inappropriate bodily noises.
Yes, 8% people reported to have heard awkward and inappropriate bodily noises on a video conference.
- join.me – Video Conference Responsibly (Frantic Director's Cut): http://joinm.ee/6001BBuZS
- Top Do’s and Don’ts of Video Conferencing Study: Solutions.join.me/video-taboos
- Video Conferencing Infographic: http://joinm.ee/6002BBukQ
About the research:
This study was conducted by Lab42 in collaboration with join.me in June 2015 among 2,000 respondents ages 22 and up in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Australia and New Zealand.
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