Suddenly, you were stuck in front of a screen for hours at a time. You still struggled to maintain a grasp of what these meetings were all about, but you had the bonus of screen fatigue. The feeling that you were trapped in Groundhog Day, Metaverse Edition.
As far as Microsoft is concerned, that politeness of waving is so last year.
In a tweet sent from its official -- and occasionally enjoyable -- account, Microsoft observed: "2021: energetically waves at the end of a Teams meeting. 2022: abruptly clicks 'leave meeting' before meeting ends."
Where once the wave seemed to indicate that we're all in this together and we want to express warm feelings toward each other, now we're thinking different.
This Teams thing is now no different from the office conference room or Huddle House. (Surely some tech company has a Huddle House.)
We're working, just like we always worked before, but with a few new logistical obstacles.
Why bother with last year's Living In An Uncertain World nicety when now it's supposed to be back to normal?
Perhaps we're not so in this together, after all. Perhaps we're back to doing a job and the tools are still imperfect.
Suddenly, we don't feel like waving.
I confess I've seen this pattern quite a bit of late. The Teams wave has gone the way of the Mexican one.