Zoom vs F2F

Posted by catmomma @catmomma, Aug 18 11:36pm

Hi,

I am a recovering alcoholic/addict (and double-winner). COVID has changed the way we do things, no question. With that, comes the advent of zoom AA/12 step recovery meetings. I attend a mixture of both, but I have begun to favor face to face (F2F). There is something about it that you just cannot match, I think.

This is not to say in any way that zoom meetings are not a tremendous blessing, that's how I do my Ala-non meetings. I think for me, one of the issues that detracts from the experience of a good meeting, is my ADD brain (I do have ADD, not just a ploy) tends to wander sometimes and I will multi-task, and then all of a sudden, AA is background noise. at TIMES. However, I have heard things at zoom that are as important to my recovery as F2F. And the platform has helped me stay sober as that is where I met my sponsee.

What is everyone's opinion on the zoom versus F2F meetings? What do you prefer, do you think a "meeting is a meeting?" Just wondered.

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Hi @catmomma, love this discussion. I think many of us have fed on and been sucked into the convenience of having everything at the press of a button. I am so glad to hear that you still enjoy getting out and being face to face with people in your community.

Question, do you use the camera function when you do your zoom meetings? I have found that being in front of the camera and allowing others to see you, cuts down on the amount of multitasking you choose to do while on the call.

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@amandaa

Hi @catmomma, love this discussion. I think many of us have fed on and been sucked into the convenience of having everything at the press of a button. I am so glad to hear that you still enjoy getting out and being face to face with people in your community.

Question, do you use the camera function when you do your zoom meetings? I have found that being in front of the camera and allowing others to see you, cuts down on the amount of multitasking you choose to do while on the call.

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Hi,

I do need to leave the camera on, but even when I do, I still find my attention being drawn away by things in the room. If I use my den, then maybe there's hope ;-). There's till a special place in my heart for it, though and I know a great women's marathon meeting. It's nice for when I get off work at midnight (I work 3p to 11:30p) and it's been crazy busy or just chaotic. It was my lifeline when my mother was staying with me for a short time (she is a narcissist).

Just wanted some thoughts on it. I do a mixture usually.

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