The other day, a friend was working from home when an internet glitch forced him to drop out of a video call just as one of his colleagues began to speak. Afterwards, he sent me a stunned text about the colleague: “He was speaking when I logged out and he was still speaking when I finally tuned back in.”

I told him he was not alone. He had had a brush with a species that is rampant in the age of lockdown living: the Zoom bore.

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