Some people try to avoid being "that guy" in an elevator or a quiet room and won't talk on their cellphone, but others just can't help themselves.
These people force the rest of us to listen to their incredibly irritating half conversations. And now a new study is proving what I, along with many others, could have told you years ago - overhearing others' phone conversations is annoying.
Okay, so maybe we don't need the study to tells us it's annoying, but it also offers some ideas as to why.
The study published in the science journal PLoS ONE last week shows when people tried to complete a cognitive task while overhearing a phone conversation, they had trouble focusing on the task. Trying to complete the task with someone on a phone was a lot harder than trying to complete the task while witnessing a two-way conversation.
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