Most People Think Their Conversations Go On Too Long

If turns out that most of us feel like our conversations go on for longer than we’d like.

A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at 126 one-on-one conversations between strangers and found that 69 percent said afterward that they’d wished it had ended sooner than it had. Only two percent had both participants saying it ended when they wanted it to, while they rest said they’d have like it to go on longer.

In the second part of the study, researchers surveyed more than 800 people online about a recent conversation with a friend or family member — not a stranger this time — and found a nearly identical 67 percent the conversation went on too long. Reasons for mismatches in conversation length and what people want could include not wanting to appear rude by ending the conversation, or conversely stopping talking too soon because of not wanting to bore the other person. (Newser)