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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-07-60

Supplement to a paper to appear in 21st International Symposium on Human Factors in Telecommunication, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 17-20, 2008.


Mobile telephone conversations in public places are often annoying to bystanders. Previous work has focused on the psychological and social causes for this, but has not examined the possible role of properties of the communication channel. In our paper "Do Bystanders and Dialog Participants Differ in Preferences for Telecommunications Channels?" (21st International Symposium on Human Factors in Telecommunication, 2008) we consider the possibility that a reason for the annoyance could be that bystander preferences differ from talker preferences, but conclude that this is in fact unlikely to be a major factor. This technical report provides supplemental information, specifically a broader view of the likely causes of annoyance and more details on the ten pilot studies and the data collected.