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Entry from September 28, 2020
Zoombie (Zoom + zombie)

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic caused many people to stay at home and go to work/school remotely—often by using Zoom. A person using Zoom too much was a “Zoombie” or “zoombie” (Zoom + zombie).

“Zoombies everywhere! #HappyHalloween” was posted on Twitter by Zoom on October 30, 2015.  “#Zoombie: a human professional who has been on @zoom_us for over 6 hours a day. Now questions their 3-D existence. Has tried to mute family members IRL. Professionally dressed from the waist up. Soon will be showing their true hair color. Has heard that ‘it’s nice out’” was posted on Twitter by Joanna Dulkin on March 18, 2020.

“Zoombie” was entered in the Urban Dictionary on March 28, 2020.


Wikipedia: Zoom Video Communications
Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (Zoom) is an American communications technology company headquartered in San Jose, California. It provides videotelephony and online chat services through a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform and is used for teleconferencing, telecommuting, distance education, and social relations. Zoom’s business strategy focuses on providing an easier to use product than competitors, as well as cost savings, which include minimizing computational costs at the infrastructure level and having a high degree of employee efficiency.
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Beginning in early 2020, Zoom’s software usage saw a significant global increase following the introduction of quarantine measures adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twitter
Zoom
@zoom_us
Zoombies everywhere! #HappyHalloween
2:12 PM · Oct 30, 2015·Hootsuite

Twitter
Zoë Babian
@zoebabian
Me: everyone in standup looks like they’re asleep
Coworker: That’s because they’re zoombies
@zoom_us I sincerely hope you’re all planning to dress up as zoombies for halloween this year
11:30 AM · Oct 19, 2018·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Caroline Harrap
@CarolineHarrap
Just had to do a Zoom call with a new client, which went well, but I hate the whole camera thing and being able to see yourself on screen. I never know where to look so I end up staring sideways like some sort of gormless zombie #Zoombie
6:36 AM · Sep 27, 2019·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Joanna Dulkin
@joannadulkin
#Zoombie: a human professional who has been on @zoom_us for over 6 hours a day. Now questions their 3-D existence. Has tried to mute family members IRL. Professionally dressed from the waist up. Soon will be showing their true hair color. Has heard that “it’s nice out.”
3:05 PM · Mar 18, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Ryan Di Francesco
@RyanDifrancesco
Replying to @Minor_Leaguer
So much ZOOM I’m turning into a ZOOMBIE
2:08 PM · Mar 19, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Sree
@sreenidhikolli
Zoombie (n): an individual that has succumbed to the power of @zoom_us during #COVID19
9:42 PM · Mar 23, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Urban Dictionary
Zoombie
Person who becomes the living dead by spending all day on video conferences, especially on Zoom
I spent all day online, and now I’ve turned into a Zoombie
by Joan in Baltimore March 28, 2020

Twitter
Paul D. Miller
@PaulDMiller2
I am a Zoom zombie. #zoombie
12:07 PM · Apr 2, 2020·Twitter Web App

Urban Dictionary
ZOOmbie
Noun:
People who overuse Zoom online meeting service .
This is particularly relevant in the current environment when most of the employees are working from home and use Zoom application for their meetings.
I am feeling like a Zoombie after 10 online meetings today.
by A-S-A-D April 06, 2020

Psychology Today
How to Survive the Pandemic Without Becoming a ‘Zoombie’
Connect with others while regulating Zoom fatigue.

Anthony Silard Ph.D.
Posted May 25, 2020
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You may feel like you have become a “Zoombie,” a term that emerged after my wife spent eight hours in various Zoom meetings a few days ago (for more strategies on how to control your use of technology rather than letting it control you, see my new book Screened In: The Art of Living Free in the Digital Age).

Twitter
Shannen Sapar
@shannenspr_
Using Zoom too much will turn you into a Zoombie
GIF
1:16 AM · May 29, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Laws Of Attraction
@leadershiplaws
We’ve heard a new phrase that made us smile ‘Zoombie’.
Video call requires more focus and energy. We work harder to process non-verbal cues like facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language. Have you joined the #zoombie apocalypse?
#zoom #workingfromhome #relationships
3:45 AM · Jul 21, 2020·Hootsuite Inc.

Twitter
Helen R.
@hels
My parents really really really really want me to tell you that my dad has invented the word “zoombie,” which is when you spend so much time on Zoom that you become a zombie
4:08 PM · Aug 11, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Nancy K. Gray
@ChezGray
After too many Zoom meetings, I am a Zoombie. #zoom #zoombie #nyc #pandemic #FirstWorldProblems
11:37 PM · Sep 11, 2020·Twitter for Android

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