Why overhearing mobile phone conversations is so annoying

The reason why people find overheard mobile phone conversations so annoying has been solved by scientists.

Researchers discovered that it takes more effort for the brain to understand only half a conversation or a “halfalogue” compared with a full dialogue between two people.
Scientists at Cornell University, New York, found that people could not predict what the person talking into the mobile would say next – because they had not heard the last words from the person on the other end of the phone.The brain has to work twice as hard to understand the conversation and fill in the blanks, requiring more attention and making it harder to shut out.
– News Story


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    Ammara said,

    that would actually explain it 😐

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