Zoom or zzz? 1 in 4 admit to napping during virtual meetings

One in four (24%) of virtual attendees have admitted to falling asleep during a video call or virtual event.

The poll highlights the importance of creating an interesting and interactive online event, or risk having attendees leave or multi-task during the virtual event.
The poll highlights the importance of creating an interesting and interactive online event, or risk having attendees leave or multi-task during the virtual event. Photo Credit: GettyImages/FJJimenez

Virtual events software provider EventsX commissioned a poll of more than 500 event-goers and business decision-makers, via independent polling agency Censuswide, to understand how people have adapted to "dialling-in" to their meetings and events.

In total, 24% of event attendees admitted they had fallen asleep during an online event and (25%) confessed they that had consumed alcohol on a video call when they were not supposed to.

Furthermore, 36% said they have previously played games on their computer during a work call or virtual event that they found boring.

Nearly half of respondents said they had answered the door to a delivery driver during a video call or virtual event.

As well as answering the door while on a call, 57% have muted a call to speak to someone in their household and take a phone call, whilst being at an online event or on an online video call.

EventsX founder Shoaib Aslam said: “While falling asleep and consuming alcohol may have a humorous side, online events do present many benefits in our work from anywhere world. It is far easier for online event attendees to leave, or multi-task, than it is for those who attend in person, highlighting why creating an interesting and interactive online event is so important.

“Whether someone is highly involved or just a background participant, events should be conducted in an engaging way to allow attendees to take away key information and knowledge.

“Hosting an online event is not necessarily an easy task but by utilising the correct technology, hosts will be able to capitalise on the benefits that online events offer. With these engaging features, attendees can absorb themselves in a fulfilling event that does not send them to sleep!”

Source: M&IT



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