Video calls often show people an image of themselves.
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Mirrors, selfies and knowing other people are looking at you all cause people to think of themselves as objects. Video calls are all three in one and are likely increasing the harms of self-objectification.
It’s hard to read or decipher body language and microexpressions through a smartphone screen.
As social distancing continues, we’ve increasingly incorporated online and digital communications into our social life. But these technologies can’t compensate for body language or touch.
Face to face, virtually.
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Zoom’s privacy and security shortcomings are just the latest videoconferencing vulnerabilities. Knowing each platform’s risks can help people avoid many of the downsides of virtual gatherings.
No longer do we need to talk with shop assistants, receptionists, bus drivers or even coworkers, we simply engage with a screen to communicate whatever it is we want to say.