Your awkwardness isn’t just hurting you. It’s hurting everyone around you.
A Dutch study showed that after people watched a conversation that included an uncomfortably long silence, they were more likely to feel “distressed, afraid, hurt and rejected,” according to a 2011 paper in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Take a guess at how many seconds can pass before a lull in conversation starts to feel really, really weird. But don’t take this quiz for our sake. Do it for you, and for your friends, too!