Certainly, there are specific features that people focus on, particularly on their faces. We asked everything that’s in view within a typical video call frame. People report they are most self-conscious about bags under their eyes, their forehead, and their teeth.
Zooming out from particular features, broader “looks” are also captured on video calls, which people find problematic. Sometimes rather than fixating on how their nose or hair looks, people are left feeling like they look more “tired” or “angry” on a screen.
The fact of the matter is, it’s very difficult to not look at yourself on video calls. Our screens effectively become mirrors. Imagine trying to sit in front of a mirror without looking at yourself. Of those we surveyed, 83 percent admit they stare at themselves “a lot” on video calls. People usually fixate on their own eyes, hair, and forehead more than anything else.
That’s not the only thing we’re staring at. Those who participate in virtual meetings for work are putting their coworkers under the microscope as well. Seventy-eight percent of people have compared their own faces to coworkers’ faces during a virtual meeting, and three in four workers admit they stare at people more in virtual meetings than they would in person, since the dynamic is different and no one can tell.