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Walking around with the phone

  1. Apr 22, 2008 #1

    daniel_i_l

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    Why do people pace back and forth when they're talking on the phone?
     
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  3. Apr 22, 2008 #2

    wolram

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    I think it is only Americans that do with land lines.
     
  4. Apr 22, 2008 #3
    Walking is easier on the legs than standing still... I dont know? I haven't really seen many people pace around on their phones lately...
     
  5. Apr 22, 2008 #4

    Danger

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    Moose nailed it, at least in my case. I'd rather sit down, of course, but standing still plays hell with my knees so walking is the second choice.
     
  6. Apr 22, 2008 #5
    That's me, I guess, I do one lap per 20 secs around the table in the living room when at the phone. No idea why.
     
  7. Apr 22, 2008 #6

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    I really don't know why... It's not unique to phone calls. I'm a natural wanderer and will pace up and down while doing all sorts if at all possible. When I can't walk and have to sit I'm normally fidgeting or playing with some nearby object. Maybe when the mind's busy the body wants to feel as if it's doing something too. Since starting typing this I've been getting an irrepressible urge to wander around, so i might go make a cup of tea (and pace up and down the kitchen while the kettle boils).
     
  8. Apr 22, 2008 #7
    For exercise, of course.
     
  9. Apr 22, 2008 #8

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    add to that waving arms and yelling . . . . in an airport concourse by the gate as people are starting to board! :rolleyes:

    I think the guy was talking to his lawyer.
     
  10. Apr 22, 2008 #9

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    I usually just sit or stand still while on the phone. If I'm moving, it's because I'm trying to do two things at once, like talk and cook dinner or do the dishes or laundry (one of these days I'm likely to wind up with a deep fried or drowned phone when I drop it while doing these chorse). My boyfriend is a pacer though. I tell him he's going to wear a rut in the floor (even on the cell phone, he paces the same path every time)...then I stick my foot out to trip him. :biggrin:
     
  11. Apr 22, 2008 #10
    Because they are mobile phones?
     
  12. Apr 23, 2008 #11

    BobG

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    When talking to someone, about 7% of communication comes from the spoken word, 38% from the tone of voice, and about 55% from body language.

    So I not only pace while talking on the phone, I also wave my arms and sometimes even draw figures of what I'm talking about.

    I generally hate talking on the phone, but others usually enjoy watching me talk on the phone so there is some value in it.
     
  13. Apr 23, 2008 #12

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    I guess your mom never explained to you when you were a kid that the person on the other side of the phone can't see you nod? Though, shouldn't be too much longer before video phones are in common usage...we already have video calls on IM. I'll just say it now...when we get video phones everywhere, PLEASE don't answer the phone in the bathroom when I call!
     
  14. Apr 23, 2008 #13

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    I am a pacer. I sit enough during the course of the day that I like to be on my feet a lot. I have arthritic knees, and it feels better to walk than to stand. I multi-task when I'm on the phone too. We have a an old cordless Toshiba phone with a pretty impressive range, so if a friend or relative calls and is feeling particularly chatty, I may go out on the back deck to watch/listen to birds, or out to the end of the driveway to check the mailbox, or maybe across the road to see how the snow-melt is running off, or (during the season) stroll through the vegetable garden to see if there are bug pests, or if there is more produce to pick.
     
  15. Apr 24, 2008 #14

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    Seems to be an 'on autopilot' thing now that i think about it. I've just got off the phone. I was sat down when i started the call and it wasn't 'til I hung up that i realised i was standing. I really don't know at what point I got up.
     
  16. Apr 25, 2008 #15

    BobG

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    Yes, but the post-it note sitting in front of me with my own home phone number that I wrote down while reciting it over the phone is surely more effective than nodding. Geez, I don't know why I do that! :rolleyes:

    Like I said, it's fun for other people to watch me on the phone. They see me writing down some phone number and, immediately after the phone call, I'm tossing the phone number in the trash. They're thinking (and sometimes commenting), "That must have been a real important phone call. I guess you'll be calling them back real soon."

    (About every phone I make, now, I think of this thread.)
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2008
  17. Apr 27, 2008 #16
    I do that.
     
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