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1 in 4 people admit to falling asleep on a video call

According to a recent study by virtual event software provider EventsX, one in four people (24%) admitted to falling asleep during a video call or virtual event.

EventsX commissioned a survey of more than 500 event attendees and business decision makers, through independent polling agency Censuswide, to understand how people have adjusted to “connecting” at their meetings and events.

A total of 24% of event attendees admitted to falling asleep during an online event, a figure that rose significantly to 34% of 18-34 year olds.

Additionally, a quarter (25%) admitted to drinking alcohol during a video call when they weren’t supposed to. This figure rose to almost a third (30%) of 18-34 year olds, but dropped to 10% of people over 55.

Additionally, 36% said they had ever played games on their computer during a work call or virtual event that they found boring, a figure that has risen significantly to nearly half (49%) 18-24 year olds.

People highlighted other distractions, with nearly half (49%) saying they answered a delivery driver’s door during a video call or virtual event. A staggering 57% of 25-34 year olds admitted to doing this.

In addition to answering the door on a call, 57% cut a call to speak to someone in their household, or even take a phone call, while at an online event or during a online video call.

Shoaib Aslam, founder of EventsX, commented:

“While falling asleep and consuming alcohol can have a humorous side, online events have many advantages in our work from anywhere in the world. It is much easier for participants in an event to online to leave or multitask than for those attending in person, which shows why creating an engaging and interactive online event is so important.

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

“Organizing an event online is not necessarily an easy task, but by using the right technology, hosts will be able to capitalize on the benefits that online events offer. For example, making it easy to switch between chats, offering one-on-one chats powered by AI matching technology, and facilitating the networking process. With these engaging features, attendees can become engrossed in a fulfilling event that doesn’t put them to sleep!”