Ok, we have all felt it, the urge to smack someone who is talking loudly on their cell phone while you are trying to concentrate. Ever wonder why someone talking on a cell phone bothers you but two people carrying on a conversation next to you doesn’t? Wired reports that Lauren Emberson, a psychology graduate student at Cornell University is studying the topic and says that “Overhearing someone spewing intermittent exclamations into a handheld gadget lacks the predictability of hearing a two-way exchange and thus proves inherently unsettling.”
Wired goes on to say that the report, which will be published in Psychological Science, implies that a passenger talking on their phone could be as distracting to the driver as the driver talking on a phone. So, I wonder how soon it will be before someone wants to ban all cell phone use inside a car regardless of whether it’s the driver or passenger using the phone?