“Overheard cellphone conversations are far more distracting and annoying than a dialogue between two people nearby.”

#Telephone

Sat, Mar 16th, 2013 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

A study published the PLoS One journal has determined that overhearing a cellphone conversation versus hearing two people talking, ranks the highest on the list of modern irritants. It's a case of waiting for the other shoe to drop:

Mounting evidence suggests that the habits encouraged by mobile technology — namely, talking in public to someone who is not there — are tailor made for hijacking the cognitive functions of bystanders.

One reason, said Veronica V. Galván, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of San Diego and the lead author of the study, is the brain’s desire to fill in the blanks.

“If you only hear one person speaking, you’re constantly trying to place that part of the conversation in context,” Dr. Galván said. “That’s naturally going to draw your attention away from whatever else you’re trying to do.”

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