Using Zoom’s own features against it.

Quarantine doesn’t mean vacation. Lockdowns and travel bans have forced us to stay indoors, but thanks to modern day technology, we can still get work done through the power of the webcam. Woo-hoo, amirite.

If your school or business does not require in-person meetings or you prefer to speak over the phone, you may not be familiar with Zoom. Zoom is a program similar to FaceTime, but slightly more formal. It can be used for one-on-one sessions or facilitate an entire classroom all at once.

With physical distancing being highly recommended by health officials and some cities even going into lockdown, Zoom has become a premier service utilized by schools and businesses. It’s no wonder Zoom’s stock has been zooming upwards while the rest of the market continues to tank.

It all sounds great on the surface. Zoom is your trusted ally, here for you in your time of need. Or are they? Just who’s side are they really on? No, this isn’t some Russian conspiracy theory or Big Brother hoopla. It turns out, Zoom is more akin to your superiors i.e. your teachers/boss. According to VICE, Zoom isn’t afraid to rat you out.

The program has an attraction-tracking feature, which allows meeting hosts to see when members have clicked out of the Zoom window for anything more than 30 seconds. Due to this useful yet frustrating tattle-tale of a feature, users all over the world have started to get a little creative with how they use the program.

After all, humans will gladly do the work they need to, up until the point where they’re actually told to do it, at which point they use every ounce of their brainpower that’s been idling thus far to wiggle out of the present situation.

The social media platform TikTok has attracted plenty of creative and hilarious videos of people making the most of their Zoom experience, from fooling their teachers or bosses into thinking they had their full-blown attention to bringing a dull lecture to life.

Here are some of the funniest ways TikTok users have made the most of their time on Zoom:

1. Self Clone Yourself

@vladimir_pudding_

when professors say online classes till april 14th… ##xyzbca ##coronavirus ##zoom ##college

♬ we got him – jesusman66

2. Print Out Your Face

@vueyvo

Did i do sum?!? …..yes i know Liverpool lost, but they didnt lose my love ##greenscreen ##corona ##college ##fyp ##coronavirus

♬ Go Stupid – Polo G, Stunna 4 Vegas & NLE Choppa feat. Mike WiLL Made-It

3. Not Every Topic Has to be Boring

@littlabit

I love being a history major ##college ##coronavirus ##corona ##educationconnection ##fyp ##ucsb

♬ original sound – littlabit

4. Digital or Not, You Still Gotta Go

@marcliq

##fyp ##foryourpage ##4u ##coronavirus ##corona ##bathroom ##online ##onlineclass

♬ original sound – marcliq

5. Creativity or Cabin Fever?

@ryandreece

the life of a film major 😂 ##quarantine ##coronavirus ##foryou ##zoom

♬ original sound – ryandreece

6. Put Yourself in Your…Realistic Place?

@ryan_devita

A whole ass isolated mood in these online classes… ##videocall ##coronavirus ##zoom ##onlineclass ##comedy ##isolation ##quarantine ##help

♬ original sound – ryan_devita

7. When All Else Fails, Just Freeze

@toenailhoovezsorry can’t answer the question bad connection!

♬ Don’t be suspicious – dumbbishsauce

These are just several of the hundreds of videos users have shared on this platform, which definitely makes the whole quarantine situation a tad bit more enjoyable. If you’re ever bored and feel like wiggling out of your next Zoom meeting, take a browse through the Zoom hashtag on TikTok—you’ll be mind-blown at some of the stuff these people come up with!

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