Re: Annoyance of cell phone use in public spaces (Michael Norris )

Subject: Re: Annoyance of cell phone use in public spaces
From:    Michael Norris  <michaeln(at)CSEE.UQ.EDU.AU>
Date:    Tue, 7 Aug 2001 08:31:49 +1000

On Mon, 6 Aug 2001, Hannes Muesch wrote: > (a) Overhearing phone users is more annoying than overhearing plain > old face-to-face talk, and Guesses: (1:psychoacoustic) if there is only one voice alternating with silence you have to keep readapting and reorienting to the voice, - as with a noise alternating with silence it sounds louder and you are more aware of its position relative to yourself. (2:learned) with a 2-sided conversation we are used to the pattern of intonation and expect an alternation of voices, so hearing one side is unusual, therefore grabs more attention (3:social) speech nearby after silence often signals that someone is trying to open a conversation with you, so you have to keep actively ignoring the social cue. It could be that people don't talk any louder on the phone, it just sounds that way. You may also find it annoying if, like myself, you have a neo-luddite streak that enjoys being annoyed at these things. :-) -m. ----------------------- /\/\/\/- ------------------------------------- What luck for rulers that men do not think. -- Adolf Hitler ----------------------------------------------------------------------

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