Summary #1484

When should you end a conversation? Probably sooner than you think
  • In a conversation-based experiment with 252 strangers, researchers found that only in 2% cases both participants were happy with how long they talked.
  • It’s probably because we hide our true intentions for fear of being rude, even though we’d like to end a conversation early.
  • There was a big disconnect between what people wanted, and what they thought their conversation partners wanted.
  • This suggests that we’re really bad at guessing what other people want.
  • These findings show that we know very little about how conversations work, so it’s a great area for researchers to explore.


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