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Zoom doom: it’s not your cat you have to worry about, it’s your voice

Women’s voices on video conferencing platforms sound ‘less expressive’ and so less charismatic, studies show

Frances Schwartzkopff

Virtual meetings have become ubiquitous since Covid-19, setting off new anxieties for employees and executives alike. Is the suit jacket covering the sweatpants? Will the children or the cat interrupt the meeting?

Turns out that if you’re a woman, how you sound may be a bigger concern.

New research into video conferencing platforms reveals that services like Zoom, Skype and Teams don’t transmit all sounds equally well. Voices are compressed and not all frequencies survive the process intact, according to Oliver Niebuhr, an associate professor at the Centre for Industrial Electronics at the University of Southern Denmark and assistant professor Ingo Siegert from the University of Magdeburg in Germany...

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