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Why Do We Still Gesticulate When On The Phone ?
« on: 28/07/2011 12:37:34 »
Dearest Gesticulateologists,

As a sheepie  I of course luff to gesticulate....out of all the gesturing that I do with my body and extremities, gesticulating is my all time fave.

Look, here I am gesticulating at a tiny cat !




A Tiny Cat Being Gesticulated At Just Moments Ago





One thing I have noticed........ even when we are on the phone we still gesticulate, !!

why's that then ?...why do we still gesticulate when on the phone ? What's the science behind that ?

The other person can't see ewe !!..unless ewe are standing next to them or in the same room which will make being on the phone to them silly and wrong !

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mwah mwah mwah


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« Reply #1 on: 28/07/2011 14:31:49 »
You should see us all in the studio - we gesticulate even more than in normal conversation!
 

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« Reply #2 on: 28/07/2011 15:06:18 »
You should see us all in the studio - we gesticulate even more than in normal conversation!

Is that an invite ?  ;D
 

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« Reply #3 on: 28/07/2011 19:03:25 »
We would be delighted, Neil, but obviously busy with the show!
 

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« Reply #4 on: 28/07/2011 19:48:34 »
In some countries, people can't drive their cars unless they are gesticulating. I think it has something to do with keeping the battery charged.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 28/07/2011 21:03:53 »
We would be delighted, Neil, but obviously busy with the show!

Cool.....an invite to be on the show too !!..Thanks Ben !  ;D ;D
 

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« Reply #6 on: 28/07/2011 21:04:24 »
In some countries, people can't drive their cars unless they are gesticulating. I think it has something to do with keeping the battery charged.

Are ewe sure they are just charging their batteries ?  ;)
 

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« Reply #7 on: 29/07/2011 01:30:57 »
I am going to have a bash at this one... and this is just a guess ok.  Body language accounts for a huge proportion of communication. We have evolved to use it alongside speech allowing us to communicate very effectively. It is only very recently, in the context of human evolution, since devices have been invented that allow us to communicate predominantly without visual contact with the intended recipient/s.

I propose that because of this we subconsciously gesticulate when communicating. 

PS. Neilep, I look forward to hearing you on the naked scientists podcast as a well deserved guest on the show.  ;D
 

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« Reply #8 on: 29/07/2011 08:36:56 »
I was driving behind a woman (the best gender for gesticulation) who was using her mobile With one hand holding her phone and the other gesticulating, I wondered if that is what is meant by 'hands free'?
 

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« Reply #9 on: 29/07/2011 14:56:21 »
Apparently the Italians are pretty adept at gesticulation also, at least that is one of the things they are well known for.  ::)
 

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« Reply #10 on: 29/07/2011 23:31:23 »
I am going to have a bash at this one... and this is just a guess ok.  Body language accounts for a huge proportion of communication. We have evolved to use it alongside speech allowing us to communicate very effectively. It is only very recently, in the context of human evolution, since devices have been invented that allow us to communicate predominantly without visual contact with the intended recipient/s.

I propose that because of this we subconsciously gesticulate when communicating. 

PS. Neilep, I look forward to hearing you on the naked scientists podcast as a well deserved guest on the show.  ;D

awwww....thanks chum !...once we have completed the negotiations regarding my fee I'll make sure to do a dedication to ewe !  ;)
 

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« Reply #11 on: 29/07/2011 23:37:21 »
In my humble opinion, As Airthumbs says...........I think gesticulating helps us focus what we are saying. So, in addition to helping us assert the meaning visually, I beleive it's a two way steet and that gesticulating may help us pronounce with authoritive erudition....and that's what I have to say about that !  :)
 

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« Reply #12 on: 30/07/2011 02:59:11 »
I think it was Desmond Morris who pointed out that, during an argument, Venetians will stop another person from arguing by holding their wrists so they can't gesticulate (or other kinds of "atey" things.)
 

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« Reply #13 on: 30/07/2011 11:25:40 »
Marshall McLuhan pointed out that Arabs stand close enough to smell who they're talking to and start to gesticulate once they are out of olfactory range. 
 

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« Reply #14 on: 01/08/2011 09:57:47 »
I spend most of my day on the phone (I am on it whilst I type this) and I do not gesticulate at all. 
 

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« Reply #15 on: 01/08/2011 12:49:04 »
I think it was Desmond Morris who pointed out that, during an argument, Venetians will stop another person from arguing by holding their wrists so they can't gesticulate (or other kinds of "atey" things.)

I read that book...The Naked Sheep !
 

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« Reply #16 on: 01/08/2011 12:50:00 »
Marshall McLuhan pointed out that Arabs stand close enough to smell who they're talking to and start to gesticulate once they are out of olfactory range. 

Perhaps they stand so close that there is no space to gesticulate !
 

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« Reply #17 on: 01/08/2011 12:51:47 »
I spend most of my day on the phone (I am on it whilst I type this) and I do not gesticulate at all. 

gosh !...with respect....do ewe maintain a full quota of jointed appendages ?.....have ewe checked recently ?
 

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« Reply #18 on: 01/08/2011 18:59:03 »
I like speakerphones because they let you gesticulate with both hands (which is particularly useful when the Marketing Department is on the call.)

You can even hit the "mute" button for added effect, but just be careful to check that the little light actually works, and you know which way represents on or off.
 

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« Reply #19 on: 01/08/2011 21:59:21 »
I am ashamed to say that I have one of those radio headsets!  It means that I don't get neck ache through crooking the phone between ear and shoulder.  I have never been a fan of speaker-phones.  Whilst I don't gesticulate I do type and surf web
 

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« Reply #20 on: 14/08/2011 21:01:38 »
One of our sales techniques at a furniture company was to actually stand up when you speak to someone on the phone using a headset.  This was supposed to make you force them into getting an appointment!!  Thank goodness I have left those awful days behind me.
 

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