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24 May 2010

Overheard phone calls annoying

If you've ever wanted to shout "shut up!" while listening to someone else's cell phone conversation in an elevator, train or restaurant, new research reveals why.

If you've ever wanted to shout "shut up!" while listening to someone else's cellphone conversation in an elevator, train or restaurant, new research reveals why.

"It's unbelievably irritating to overhear someone on a cellphone," said lead study author Lauren Emberson, a doctoral candidate in psychology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. "It's harder to tune out, you can't pull your attention away from it and you're more distracted by it.

 
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