Every Type of Zoom Call Participant, Illustrated by Cats

Mr. Muffin genuinely believes you can only hear him if he puts his entire face into the camera when he speaks.

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No matter what time of day or night your meeting is, you can be certain that Cookie is going to be lit in a way that is appropriate for telling a ghost story but very little else.

Ossington says she was 10 minutes late to the meeting because of technical difficulties, which is true if you take “technical difficulties” to mean “waiting for the conditioner to sit for 3 minutes.”

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Adonis says that he can’t get the camera on his Acer to work, which probably means he’s playing video games instead of paying attention, but at least you get to look at that extremely professional looking photo of him.

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There is literally no way Garfunkel is paying any attention to what anyone is saying as he changes his background every 5 minutes, then looks around to see who’s noticed it.

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Princess is clearly working very hard, but it’s unclear what her husband does, and why he needs to do it with his shirt off.

Mr. Meow Meow is “multitasking,” which is to say, he’s graciously allowing you to watch him while he does something else entirely.

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Elaine is either incapable of angling her computer appropriately or just really wants you to look at the top of her head.

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To be fair, Frisky’s pet is a whole lot more interesting than whatever everyone else is talking about.

There is no force in this world that can prevent a child from interrupting a meeting, so let’s count this one as a welcome distraction.

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Maybe Precious just likes the feeling of power he gets from looking down at all of you like some kind of Zoom deity.

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Nelson needs to do what Nelson needs to do to get through the day. You’re lucky he even showed up for this meeting.

We get it, Archibald. You’re smarter than us. And we all totally think you’re going to just read some more German philosophy as soon as we’re done talking about the quarterly earnings.

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Nothing wrong with being sleepy, but nobody has any sympathy for Bojangles, who scheduled the meeting for first thing in the morning Eastern time even though we’re all on the West Coast.

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Ah, well. Who can blame her? Meetings are the worst.

Formerly editorial director @BuzzFeed. Currently editor @Tenderly and writer at large. Email: JackAShepherd at gmail

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