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Talking less during social interactions predicts enjoyment: A mobile sensing pilot study

Sandstrom, GM and Tseng, VWS and Costa, J and Okeke, F and Choudhury, T and Dunn, EW (2016) 'Talking less during social interactions predicts enjoyment: A mobile sensing pilot study.' PLoS ONE, 11 (7). ISSN 1932-6203

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Can we predict which conversations are enjoyable without hearing the words that are spoken? A total of 36 participants used a mobile app, My Social Ties, which collected data about 473 conversations that the participants engaged in as they went about their daily lives. We tested whether conversational properties (conversation length, rate of turn taking, proportion of speaking time) and acoustical properties (volume, pitch) could predict enjoyment of a conversation. Surprisingly, people enjoyed their conversations more when they spoke a smaller proportion of the time. This pilot study demonstrates how conversational properties of social interactions can predict psychologically meaningful outcomes, such as how much a person enjoys the conversation. It also illustrates how mobile phones can provide a window into everyday social experiences and well-being.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 12:17
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2021 10:16

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