Interesting Facts About Conversations: They Follow Rules Of Etiquette

Conversation is interactive communication between two or more people. The development of conversational skills in a new language is a frequent focus of language teaching and learning. The development of conversational skills and etiquette is an important part of socialization.
Conversation analysis is a branch of sociology, which studies the structure, and organization of human interaction, with a more specific focus on conversational interaction.
Everyone wants to have conversations that are easy and fun to engage in. Sometimes conversations feel awkward and forced. It’s not hard to find conversation. It is all around us. But truly interesting conversation – that is a rare find. Just take a couple of rides on an elevator and listen to what people are saying. It’s not really gripping or all that interesting. Bad conversations aren’t just limited to elevators though; they’re everywhere.
In fact, we would argue that some people have conversations as if their entire life was one long elevator ride. Of course, you don’t have to live like that. You can do some things to have meaningful, interesting conversations. The next time you hold a conversation, remember the following interesting facts to help your conversation flow more easily.
1. If you approach two people in the middle of a conversation, and they only turn their torsos and not their feet, they don’t want you to join in the conversation. Similarly, if you are in a conversation with a coworker who you think is paying attention to you and their torso is turned towards you but their feet are facing another direction, they want the conversation to end.
2. If you ask a question during a conversation and receive only a partial answer, respond with polite silence. Simply wait. A more complete answer will usually follow. People will feel as though their first answer was unsatisfactory and try to help get rid of the feeling of disappointment.
3. Conversations follow rules of etiquette because conversations are social interactions, and therefore depend on social convention. Specific rules for conversation arise from the cooperative principle. Failure to adhere to these rules causes the conversation to deteriorate or eventually to end. Contributions to a conversation are responses to what has been said previously.
4. Face-to-face conversation is increasingly deemed less important when people have already seen all the relevant news about the other person they have already shared online. Also people would typically never say face to face some things they might easily write with the apparent impunity of anonymous online posts. To this extent the decreasing popularity of face to face conversation can be seen as a loss to society and civility.
5. One element of conversation is discussion: sharing opinions on subjects that are thought of during the conversation. In polite society the subject changes before discussion becomes dispute or controversial. For example, if theology is being discussed, no one is insisting a particular view be accepted.
6. The ability to generate conversation that can’t be distinguished from a human participant has been one test of a successful artificial intelligence (The Turing Test). A human judge engages in a natural language conversation with one human and one machine, each of which tries to appear human.
If the judge cannot tell the machine from the human, the machine is said to have passed the test. One limitation is that the conversation is limited to a text, not allowing tone to be shown.
7. A study completed in July 2007 by Matthias Mehl of the University of Arizona shows that contrary to popular belief, there is little difference in the number of words used by men and women in conversation. The study showed that on average each of the sexes uses about 16,000 words per day.

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