Friday, March 13, 1998 at 07:26:18

Have you thought about, or done research on FP's in telephone conversations where the theater of human intercourse is both diminshed and intensified, and where dead silence is anathema, becoming almost an FP itself.

- VM

I have not yet looked at telephone conversations, although I think your hypothesis is correct.  In telephone conversations there are no visual means to ascertain that the listener is in fact attending to one's speech.  As a result, there is a greater expectation of backchannels from the listener ("uh-huh", "yeah", etc.) as well as pause-filling by the speaker.  Perhaps this will make up my next topic of study.

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