We did it. We have officially reached who-the-hell-knows week of quarantine. Our roots have grown out, our makeup has been abandoned, and real pants are a distant memory. Probably the only quarantine glow-up to exist has happened to Zoom. The once-irrelevant video call service has become all the rage for working professionals, educators, and families during the COVID-19 outbreak.
For many, Zoom is a platform we’re still getting used to. We’ve entered a new reality where joining with audio or joining with video is crucial decision. A world where questions like, “Can you hear me?” and “Can you see me?” are asked so often they’re starting to seem existential.
Quarantined at my parent’s house, I joined a video conference call only to frantically shut my laptop after my mom entered our living room and started singing to our dog. But I quickly learned I was not alone in my Zoom fail.
“I had planned a happy hour with my college besties and made my Zoom name ‘Lexi Raw Dog Rogers,’ a funny inside joke from college,” *Lexi Rogers told ELLE.com. “Fast forward to the next night, to a more low-key family Zoom birthday party. I log on to join the fam and my name ‘Lexi Raw Dog Rodgers’ shows up. My sister immediately calls me out, which lead to my dad calling me ‘Raw Dog’ for the entire Zoom, having noooo idea what it means. Truly a Zoom fail, but also added some great quarantine content and laughs to my life.”
Ahead, the best and most cringe-worthy Zoom fails you’ll never want commit.
*Name has been changed.