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We all may have experienced awkward moments at school/college or the workplace. Things like waving back to a person who was only waving to someone behind you, or having to run towards an elevator door because your boss is holding it for you, across the hall.
These moments are inevitable and generally attract people who are already confused or introverted.
The weird, awkward moments have now gone virtual due to most of our interactions and communications happening online, while we (try to) work from home.
Apart from the common talking while on mute gaffe, there are many other award-worthy super-awkward classics in the ‘Zoom’ world in our bedrooms.
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