So most of us are understandably a little hesitant to join in a video call; you never know what you might get.
Technical hurdles persist, as well, but alone they don't account for our trepidation about video calling.
Video calling or videoconferencing has been around for years.
Sure, in the early days you needed an ISDN line and thousands of dollars worth of ISA boards to get it to work -- and then there weren't that many people you could call.
On a recent assignment in Hong Kong, alone at the top of Victoria Peak, I realized that I could share the view with my daughter, who was halfway around the world.
A quick call on an AT&T Samsung Galaxy SIII and there she was suddenly asking what certain buildings were and why there was a light show in progress.
On his phone's screen was a boy with a headset jabbering away and marveling at the view.
The struggle to get people to put their faces online was highlighted with recent scrutiny of Airtime, a much hyped startup video chat site backed by Napster doyens Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning.
Indeed, most of us don't want arbitrary business associates to even see our cubicles.
There's also the specter of Chatroulette (or Cu-See Me and Jenni Cam, for the older folks).
I'm more likely to call from Hong Kong to New York City than click on the camera to call across town.
It's a matter of interest level: What someone's doing on the Westside probably isn't that much more interesting or different than what I'm doing on the Eastside. If you think privacy online is a problem now, just wait until people start calling you in earnest on a video line.