I have read so many articles of people stating why they hate video chatting. It seems as if most of these authors think that video calls are awkward and they never know what to do during the call. People seem to be too self conscious of their image, think that they have to remain concentrated to the person they are call for the whole time of the call etc. Why the fuss on video chatting when it was supposed to be one of our most awaited future tech.
It appears as if people make a bigger deal of video calls than they are supposed to be. Video calls are what TV’s were to radios. Video calls add emotion to calls. When I make a video call with my friend I don’t stare into the eyes of my friend the whole length of the call and I don’t expect them to. We look at each other, he/she shows me something in their room (mostly) then they could later browse on a website while I’ll do the same and we continue conversing. It just serves to add images to an audio conversation. Nobody expects you to stare into the eyes of someone you are conversing with in real life the whole length of the conversation. That would be creepy.
Phone calls are cool for conversation but video adds more emotion and more feelings and the more video chat the more you see the added emotion you get when you can see the person you are conversing with. If the person is a friend there is no need for awkwardness, you just sit down and talk. Like in the physical world, they don’t necessarily care how you look and you don’t necessarily care how they look too. So why should there be a fuss then ?
Even if the call is with a significant other why would there be awkwardness, aren’t you looking at the person you have feelings for? Seeing the person should be making you more excited like when you see them physically.
Video chats are awesome. Humans have been known to be visually stimulated and video calls add more emotions to conversations, they are the closest to the feeling of actually being with the person you are talking to. People who think video chats are not part of human nature, talk like the people who thought tv’s where a fad or thought nobody wanted PCs in their home.
Video calls are the evolution of synchronous communication online. There have been some people who say that people today prefer asynchronous communication but till the day people stop talking to each other face to face synchronous communication online and offline will still exist. (Also I don’t know about you, but I hating waiting for replies) Asynchronous communication will from now on be around and coexist with synchronous communication but I dont expect it to dominate synchronous communication any time soon.
Also aren’t any first time conversation awkward. First dates are normally awkward, first calls are as well etc. If people argued that most video chat apps have sub par video quality or lags in the sound, that would be a much more appealing argument. But arguing that video calling is not human nature is ludicrous because humans have constantly defied what people thought weren’t their human nature before.
With bandwidth getting cheaper and increasing and better and better video chat apps, video chat will fulfill its potential.