As the world returns to some normalcy amidst the pandemic that is still ongoing, we've had to change the way we do certain things. One example that I've experienced recently is with meetings. Over the past month I've attended two online meetings for an online conference my faculty is hosting in just under two weeks time. Online meetings aren't necessarily something new as I'm sure many people have attended them in the past, especially when dealing with remote colleagues or clients, but due to the pandemic even local meetings within a faculty for example are encouraged to be done online. So for those who have experienced both traditional meetings where everyone gathers together face-to-face as well as online meetings, which do you prefer and why?
Being the techie that I am, I think it's unsurprising that I prefer online meetings. The main reason I prefer online meetings is that we can attend a meeting without having to physically be at a specified venue. For my first meeting I had just finished having breakfast at a cafe and just joined the meeting from the cafe itself. The second time I was at a friend's house assembling some furniture, which is another advantage of online meetings, being able to multitask on other things as well. Being able to share what's on your computer screen is also great, as some smaller meeting rooms might not have projectors or large wall-mounted PCs.
Does anyone else also prefer online meetings? Or do you want that face-to-face interaction?