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01 September 2008

Do you wander when you're on the phone? Similar to this question.
I never had a decent cordless phone I could stand (and I don't have a cell phone), so, um, no. I like to keep my phone calls short whenever possible, anyway.
posted by DarkForest 01 September | 10:12
No - and I have a decent cordless phone! I find it hard to walk and talk in coherent sentences on the phone at the same time. I don't have the same problem when talking with someone in person, though.
posted by altolinguistic 01 September | 10:42
Yes, I really can't talk and stay still. But I can't think well staying still either. I need to get my coworkers accustomed to me pacing around the conference room one of these days.
posted by cmonkey 01 September | 10:56
Since I'm on a cell telephone most of the time, I do wander. But I take any excuse (en route, at table, practicing guitar, reading, etc.) to not answer my phone, and I take the phone away from my ear when crossing streets. If I drove, I'd pull over to talk on the phone.

In an office, sometimes I'll stand up and look out the window while I talk (it helps me relax during stressful calls), but usually I stay at my desk.
posted by Hugh Janus 01 September | 11:08
I wander. I wander around my house, my garage, and outside. I load the dishwasher, fold laundry, wipe counter tops. I have a non cordless phone in my bedroom. When I'm in there I'm forced to sit on the bed.
posted by LoriFLA 01 September | 11:09
Constantly. I hate being a room with someone else when I'm on the phone (mainly b/c I find it kind of rude) so I kind of pace in and out of the house, alternately smoking and checking e-mail and whatnot. This is probably due to the fact that most of the time I'm on the phone for longer than two minutes it's with a family member and I spend most of my time half-listening and just saying "Yeah" or "oh really?" or "oh no".

I hate telephones.
posted by ufez 01 September | 11:20
I have a hard time sitting still, so I pretty much move around whenever I can. That includes talking on the phone, brushing my teeth, general kitchen mixing, etc. And like ufez, I'll usually leave the room if someone else is in the room and the call is going to be more than a minute or two because it seems rude otherwise. On the otherhand, most of my friends are familiar with the sound of the dishwasher being loaded or unloaded while I'm on the phone, which I guess could be considered rude.
posted by Slack-a-gogo 01 September | 11:29
Unless I'm totally comfy on the couch, maaaaaaajor wandering. And it's completely non-purposeful. I try not to do other actual tasks while on the phone, so I end up just wandering around and doing low-key dance kicks and such.

In person, I talk with my hands, so I think the wandering is what happens when my hands are tied up by holding the phone. Some limb movement is required for me to form coherent thoughts.
posted by occhiblu 01 September | 11:46
Absolutely. Unless it's a very business-like call, I get restless, and wander. My Mom used to like to chat for quite a while, and I always got a lot of housework done.
posted by theora55 01 September | 12:18
I find that talking on the phone is the perfect time for a good wank. Multitasker.

Wait, what was the question? I feel dizzy.
posted by Meatbomb 01 September | 12:30
Wandering all the time.
posted by sperose 01 September | 13:40
Wanderer here and with-hands talking too. I wonder if there's a correlation?
posted by dg 01 September | 15:46
Huh. I can't remember the last time I sat around and chatted on the phone. I've definitely made doctor's appointments and stuff but I'm not really into actual talking. So, for this I have no answer.
posted by loiseau 01 September | 16:43
Mr. desjardins is a wanderer, I'm not. So if he's on the phone, due to the layout of our first floor, we often run smack into each other while he's pacing. Fortunately he hasn't let loose with any expletives while he's on the phone with his boss.
posted by desjardins 01 September | 19:24
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