How rude are unsolicited Zoom meetings?

Maybe I am taking this too personally, but I find unsolicited/unnecessary Zoom meetings to be more than an annoyance. I no longer turn my camera on under basically any circumstance. I don't know why people feel the need to view your face sitting in your apartment. Zoom has created an utter lack of respect for people's time and privacy.

The sad part is this is going to continue forever. Bring back phone calls. 

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  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Equities
Feb 11, 2021 - 12:45pm

I'm in B school so occasionally it's prospective students (to which I decline and call their cell) or group projects. These people shoot these things out like they're nothing. Maybe over the top but I'm to the point where I think it's actually rude. Just keep it over the phone unless everyone communicates they'd like to do otherwise. 

EDIT: currently on a 1hr Zoom for a group "project" where we are discussing how to tackle a few PPT slides. I've dodged the last three weeks so felt obligated. 

Feb 11, 2021 - 12:39pm

Agree, especially with the camera point. After seeing a senior guy in just his underpants, I'd prefer if everyone kept theirs off. What value does someone really get from seeing our faces. All that matters is what is spoken. 

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  • Associate 2 in IB-M&A
Feb 11, 2021 - 1:35pm

Who cares if it's a Zoom call or a phone call, don't turn your camera on and it's the same thing. You're being petty.

  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Equities
Feb 11, 2021 - 2:09pm

Yeah, but then you're sitting at your desk...I guess using your phone can solve that, but I think that 80% of these meetings can be handled via phone. 

  • Principal in PE - LBOs
Feb 11, 2021 - 1:39pm

I completely agree. I don't understand why everything has to be a zoom call now when a phone call would be perfectly sufficient. One of the underrated annoyances of this whole situation

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