Until this past year, I never even considered zooming anywhere for maybe the past ten years. I used to work three jobs, and it took plenty of energy to zoom to work and then to teaching in the evening and home to writing all night long.

This year I learned to Zoom. Really Zoom. Our entire congregation at church can Zoom. I have had Zoom cocktail parties. I have had Zoom consultant meetings. Who knew one could Zoom and sit still except that I had to do all my personal prep of hair, makeup, clothes, etc.

What is Zoom? Zoom is an American communications technology company providing videotelephony and chat services through cloud-based technology platform. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in San Jose, California. The software lets you schedule meetings, see who attended, record the call as a video, co-host calls, and give virtual hugs 🙂

For most of us, Zoom is free. On a large reoccurring use scale, there are pricing plans available. Multiple backgrounds are available to hide personal items or messes. The app is easily downloaded, and the technical skill is minimum to access the Zoom meeting process.

Increasingly TV interviews are conducted via Zoom as well as classes and book clubs. Bible Study is easy through Zoom, allowing the participants to lounge in their home yet engage in a stimulating discussion.

One of the more interesting applications is telemed. I was taken aback when my urologist set up a telemed meeting. It was more of an interview about any symptoms. My friend has only “seen” his cardiologist over the phone for the last year.

While learning and using Zoom has been fun, give me a few options for real-life human interaction, and I will be happier.

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