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Here’s how the world Zoomed over the past year

How long is the average Zoom meeting? How often do people try to talk while on mute? Who else is waving at the end of a Zoom call? Answers found here

Zoom was used in nearly 200 countries and territories around the world 75% of users say they wave at the end of their meetings 68% dress casually for meetings

How long is the average Zoom meeting? How often do people try to talk while on mute? Who else is waving at the end of a Zoom call? 

Zoom pulled some anonymized usage metrics, sent out a survey, aggregated data to look at how people connected using Zoom this past year and identified some common meeting norms.

About those meetings

Zoom aggregated usage data from a 12-month period (Nov. 15, 2020 to Nov. 15, 2021) to glean some insights. In the past year:

  • Zoom was used in nearly 200 countries and territories around the world
  • The top day of the week for meetings was Wednesday, followed by Tuesday and Thursday 
  • The average meeting length was 54 minutes
  • The average meeting size was 10 participants

How do users like to meet?

In addition to those interesting stats, Zoom surveyed nearly 1,700 people who have used Zoom in the past year for a glimpse at what’s happening while they’re meeting virtually.

How users are showing up

Some common habits and preferences:

  • 68% dress casually for meetings
  • Almost half (47%) said it’s never OK to eat during meetings 
  • 26% never (or almost never) shower before hopping on calls

What users are saying

Some of the most popular phrases on Zoom:

  • 71% said, “You’re on mute”
  • 57% said, “Can everyone see my screen?”
  • 21% said, “Next slide, please!”

What users are doing

In the past year on Zoom:

  • 75% of users say they wave at the end of their meetings
  • 73% have attended happy-hour or a game night
  • 34% have attended a fitness or cooking class 

Where users are coming from

Not at their desk? These are some of the most popular places users are taking meetings:

  • 42% meet from bed 
  • 21% meet while walking/jogging
  • 11% use Zoom on public transport

Top backgrounds

Zoom asked users about their favorite types of virtual backgrounds. Here’s what they said: 

What’s happening behind the scenes

And here are some things happening on (and off) camera:

  • 43% cleaned only the part of the room visible on camera 
  • 43% of parents had their child show up during a meeting
  • 39% private side-chatted with a friend or colleague to make them laugh 
  • 36% had a pet show up during a meeting