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Scientists have solved the puzzling mystery of why we are annoyed listening to others' phone conversations in public

Ever wondered why you feel infuriated whenever someone sitting next to you in the bus is continuously chatting on his phone? Scientists have now found a good reason for it. Basically, they say, our brain can make sense of a full conversation and ignore it, but when you are able to listen to only half the conversation, the brain cannot comprehend it and is distracted, affecting our concentration. A study conducted by researchers from University of Wisconsin and University of California strengthens the scientists’ theory; when volunteers were made to hear only half of a conversation, their performance at concentration tasks decreased.

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