These days we are heavily reliant on the internet to remain connected with our friends, family as well as colleagues. However, our everyday video conferences and chit-chats with buddies on social media during quarantine have brought out many strange, yet funny sides to us. Here goes a list of hilarious characters and moments we see during quarantine conversations:
Remember how we poke fun at that person who does not get a joke instantly but breaks into a laugh after a week? Well guess what, it is no fun to be in a conversation with that person on the internet. Especially when the Wi-Fi signal acts up and the punch line of the joke remains hung. The 'connecting' bubble becomes a nightmare and finally when the signal goes up, you hear the person still asking "what happens afterwards? Does the chicken die while crossing the road? Does the chicken enter into a KFC? Tell me!"
The Filter Crazy
Some messaging apps these days offer filters for the camera. These filters which make you look like one of Daenerys Targaryen's dragons, or a cute kitten, or a gothic fairy queen, are all funny and entertaining. But only to an extent! When you are obsessed with them, it ceases to be amusing. Sometimes we would like to see your real face, or better, no face at all. Let us just chat instead.
It is hard to find someone who does not like Joey from the series "Friends". Joey loves to eat all the time, as do many of us. But during a zoom meeting or an online class, if someone is seen eating constantly, it becomes a problem to concentrate for those who are hungry, or when the microphone is on. You can hear the crisp, the sip, even the belches (gross!). And like Joey, that person also does not share food with you!
Office meetings can become boring eventually, even if they are from home. To make things worse, there is that one person in the office group who will happily take command of every discussion and suggest things like increasing the working hours to 12 hours a day. Even when others are catching up with light conversations, s/he will interrupt and bring out some boring sales report. Such a buzz killer!
The Creepy Guest
Suppose you are on a crazy video call with your friends and your guffaws and snorts are all over the place. And suddenly someone's parent appears on the screen! All of you are caught off guard and begin to scramble for a polite "hello aunty or hello uncle".
Whether or not they appeared mistakenly or were simply snooping on the conversation no longer matters, because you are shocked and the fun moment is gone.
But there are some surprising moments that we absolutely love. Such as, when a cute pet or a cuddly baby face pops up during a video chat and we cannot stop swooning over their cuteness!