Scientists: We talk too long on the phone

A young man in a white short-sleeved shirt, gray shorts, a watch and two bracelets on his hand, holds a phone in his other hand, pressed to his ear, and smiles. The man is sitting on a red chair in front of a red table outdoors in a park, he has an open laptop in front of him.

One interlocutor almost always wants to end the connection much earlier than the other

Phone conversations rarely end when the interlocutors want them to, regardless of whether we are communicating with loved ones or with strangers, a new American study reveals.

When writing Internet messages, we have more freedom – we can end the chat whenever we want or take a break, so this type of communication breaks all records, and phone calls decrease drastically.

A woman in white T-shirt sitting in front of the desk and talking at a mobile phone
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One interlocutor almost always wants to end the connection much earlier than the other

But when we decide to talk on the phone, we do so for too long, causing mutual dissatisfaction between the two interlocutors, the study claims. According to scientists, this is due to the long self-isolation during the pandemic – loneliness is becoming more and more pronounced, and communication between us has a special importance.

The American researchers analyzed almost a thousand conversations between relatives, friends and strangers, and the results were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They report that whether it’s an important conversation at work, arguments, or just sharing jokes, almost always one of the interlocutors wants to stop talking much earlier than the other. But he is not comfortable breaking the communication. Phone conversations almost never end when both people want them to.

Man in a white shirt talking on the mobile phone
Man talking on the mobile phone


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