A quarter of the people on your work Zoom call are watching themselves

Jamie BallardData Journalist
January 21, 2021, 1:00 PM GMT+0

As employees continue to work remotely, many are finding themselves connecting with colleagues on video rather than in-person.

Among those who are currently working from home, the vast majority (87%) have used the video function when on a conference call with colleagues, including close to half who always (24%) or mostly (21%) do so.

Many of those who use video functions on calls may find themselves drawn unable to tear themselves away from their own visage on the screen. Psychologists have suggested that this could be because video chats tend to have a configuration that resembles a mirror.

Among all those who ever use the video feature while on conference calls, 25% say they spend more time looking at themselves, while 59% say their eyes are mostly on their colleagues. Female workers (32%) are more likely than their male counterparts (19%) to admit that they spend more time looking at themselves while on video calls for work.

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Methodology: YouGov polled 1,600 US adults, 538 of whom reported that they are currently working from home and 441 of whom reported ever using the video feature on a call. The survey was conducted on January 12, 2021. The survey was carried out through YouGov Direct. Data is weighted on age, gender, education level, political affiliation and ethnicity to be nationally representative of adults in the United States. The margin of error is approximately 3.2% for the overall sample and 5.1% for the sample of people currently working from home.

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