We 'click' better with others when conversations flow more quickly

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The more quickly people respond to each other during a conversation, the more likely they are to feel in sync

Mind 28 January 2022

By Richard Sima

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Speedy responses in a conversation make people feel connected

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The connection we feel to others when we have a good conversation isn’t based solely on the content of the chat. Research shows that the faster people respond to one another during a conversation, the more likely they are to feel in sync.

Conversations involve turn-taking, with back-and-forth replies happening within a mere quarter of a second on average.

This response speed is key for feeling social connection, according to experiments by Emma Templeton at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire …

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