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Too many workers aren't wearing pants on video calls

June 11, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Quartz

Don't worry too much about how you look. Spend more time thinking about what you'll say and how you'll say it. But even so, put on some pants, perhaps.

Those are the conclusions reached by a Zogby Analytics survey seeking to understand why people don't like video conferencing, and how to improve it. Despite an increase in remote work and video conferencing, the survey found "that majority of working adults do not feel comfortable on camera," and plenty had gone to great lengths to avoid it.

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The primary reason for people's distaste, unsurprisingly, is that most video conferencing technology still doesn't work all that well. The second reason is that people are camera-shy. "There seems to be this overwhelming obsession with our appearance," said Kelsey Nelson, a spokesperson for Highfive, the video conferencing service that commissioned the survey. Nearly half of respondents (48%) said they were more worried about their appearance during a video call than the content they were presenting. About a third spent more time primping than prepping.

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