Skeptoid Dramatic Pause Study
April 18, 2012
So it's one of my little catch phrases on the podcast. A lot of times I'll close an episode with "Whenever you see [some silly claim], you should always... [dramatic pause] be skeptical."
Well I guess I do it often enough, because one listener (I won't name him here, but it's Al Dumbleton) actually went to the trouble to log all of these, and time the length of my dramatic pause. For your convenience and reference, he also did a linear regression to find the trend. And the trend is clear: the longer I do the show, the longer the dramatic pause gets.
Lest you are "skeptical" of the veracity of Al's graph, he provided the raw data. Wrote he:
My scientific process involved using the stopwatch on my phone and a single trial, so it's obviously infallible:I wonder how many listeners will stick around for the full 120 second gap. I know I won't. That's enough time to go and get a cup of coffee before returning to the microphone.
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