Coming to class as a banana? Snap filters and Zoom backgrounds add levity to virtual meetings

Coming to class as a banana? Snap filters and Zoom backgrounds add levity to virtual meetings.

3/27/2020

Coming to class as a banana? Snap filters and Zoom backgrounds add levity to virtual meetings.

There’s a wide variety of backgrounds to choose from, and some people have even created their own, with one that can make users look like they’re in an episode of “The Office.”

March 26, 2020 “There definitely have been meetings where it starts out with people using backgrounds or Snapchat lenses, or, you know, whatever else, but usually as the meeting progresses people turn that off or switch to something that’s a little bit less distracting,” Zhou said. The filters and backgrounds have also given users a chance to test the waters in a new, and somewhat dystopian environment. When his classes at Montclair State University went virtual in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak — like scores of other schools and colleges across the country — Tim Jones, 21, decided it was his opportunity to push boundaries. With Snap Camera, users can use Snapchat lenses on video chats on PC's and Mac's. Snapchat During his morning class Wednesday, he signed on to Zoom with his background set to the intro of comedian George Lopez’s TV show. “I got shut down almost immediately, that was too distracting,” Jones said. “I think it was expected, but I wanted to see how it would go.” For students such as Jones and Saff, using the filters to have a little fun is their way of staying sane during a time where nothing feels certain. “I think it’s ridiculous to act like this isn’t a strange situation, so calling attention to it honestly kind of makes the whole process easier for everyone,” Saff said. Kalhan Rosenblatt Kalhan Rosenblatt is a reporter covering youth and internet culture for NBC News, based in New York. Read more: NBC News

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