One in four (24 per cent) of virtual attendees have admitted
to falling asleep during a video call or virtual event.
Virtual events software provider EventsX commissioned a poll
of more than 500 event goers and business decision-makers, via independent
polling agency Censuswide, to understand how people have adapted to
‘dialling-in’ to their meetings and events.
In total, 24 per cent of event attendees admitted they had
fallen asleep during an online event and (25 per cent) confessed they that had
consumed alcohol on a video call when they were not supposed to.
Furthermore, 36 per cent said they have previously played
games on their computer during a work call or virtual event that they found
Nearly half of respondents said they had answered the door
to a delivery driver during a video call or virtual event.
As well as answering the door while on a call, 57 per cent
have muted a call to speak to someone in their household and take a phone call,
whilst being at an online event or on an online video call.
EventsX founder Shoaib Aslam, said: “While falling asleep
and consuming alcohol may have a humorous side, online events do present many
benefits in our work from anywhere world. It is far easier for online event
attendees to leave, or multi-task, than it is for those who attend in person,
highlighting why creating an interesting and interactive online event is so
“Whether someone is highly involved or just a background
participant, events should be conducted in an engaging way to allow attendees
to take away key information and knowledge.
“Hosting an online event is not necessarily an easy task but
by utilising the correct technology, hosts will be able to capitalise on the
benefits that online events offer. With these engaging features, attendees can
absorb themselves in a fulfilling event that does not send them to sleep!”
A desire to travel led Holly Patrick to the business meetings and events world and she’s never looked back. Holly takes a particular interest in event sustainability and creating a diverse and inclusive industry. When she’s not working, she can be found rolling skating along Brighton seafront listening to an eclectic playlist, featuring the likes of Patti Smith, Sean Paul, and Arooj Aftab.