Jack Carty stares out at the abyss and sees a sea of unshaven faces staring vacantly from spare bedrooms. The Connacht and Ireland out-half has an important message to deliver and Zoom is the method of communication we're all embracing during the lockdown.
Normally, this chat would be taking place around a table decorated by half-eaten sandwiches and cups of coffee, but these are changed times.
So, one by one the gentlemen of the rugby press join the call and make their presence known. Carty logs in and we watch a video he has made in conjunction with Rugby Players Ireland, promoting their 'Tackle Your Feelings' app, which acts as a mental health support.
In it, Carty discusses his experience of social media and how he has had to learn to deal with reactions to his performances over the years.
It's an important subject, one raised by Mike Ross in the aftermath of Ireland's defeat to England when people tagged Johnny Sexton in their messages criticising his performance.
Those messages go directly into the players' phones and Carty admits he put too much store in the opinions of others early on in his career.
The situation got so serious that Pat Lam pulled him from the team, but he's worked with psychologist Niamh Fitzpatrick to balance his approach and is now spreading the message that others can do the same.
"That situation that I was speaking about was actually something from earlier on in my career, when I was just starting playing for Connacht and I suppose I looked for validation for my performance externally rather than internally," he said of the video.
"I remember straight after games, I'd be going straight onto my phone and typing my name on to Twitter and then I'd take that - what people said on that time-line - as whether I had a good or a bad game, and that kind of determined my happiness levels or how I felt for the next three or four days.
"Look, it was all well and good when you had a good game, but when you had a bad game then, you'd be kind of low for the next couple of days.
"I went and saw a lady up in Dublin, I've tried to learn to take the emotion out of how I played. I went and saw Niamh Fitzpatrick and just went through a lot of stuff in terms of my mental well-being and my application to training and ultimately just finding fun in it again because there was a period of time I wasn't enjoying rugby whatsoever.
"There were a couple of times when Pat took me out of the team, it was because the stuff online had such an impact on me that he was protecting me as a player. "
Carty's profile is much bigger now, thanks to a superb run of form for Connacht last season that led to an Ireland call-up and a start in the World Cup pool match against Japan.
For 20 minutes, he lived the dream in Shizuoka but things fell apart around him and his game-management was called into question in the aftermath. He came off the bench a few days later against Russia and hasn't played for Ireland since.
His form suffered after the tournament and he found himself out of the Connacht team. When Andy Farrell left him out of the Six Nations squad, it was no surprise.
He responded well to the decision, arriving back from a two-week break over Christmas and putting in his most consistent run of performances since Japan.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has halted his momentum, but he's determined to get back into the international set-up.
"Obviously I've had some really good days in the Ireland jersey, albeit I've only had 10 of them," he said.
"Definitely, it's something that's fuelling me, to try and get out and play with Ireland again, but I am under no illusions that there's a lot of competition there again, so it's just about playing well week to week and that's the frustrating thing - no games coming for the next while.
"So when it does come around I'll be ready to do that."
For now, he's limited to training in his garden with squad-mate Jonny Murphy, having made a late dash to pick up gym equipment before the lockdown. So much is unknown but he's holding out hope of seeing some rugby before the summer is out.
"There is hope that the season might be salvaged in some capacity towards July and August but we're kind of just taking what directive there's been from the IRFU," he said.
"What we've heard at the moment is that they hope to save the situation in some way but obviously the rugby season and schedule is pretty minuscule in comparison to what's going on. So I think whenever that decision has to be made, it will be the right decision in terms of everyone's safety.
"I'd love it if there was a season to finish. We'd got ourselves into a strong position but in the grand scheme of things I suppose it's not that big."