Have you ever faked...talking on the phone?
Dialling up randomly or some number unknown
To escape a situation or just to be left alone......?
I was initially surprised by the answers I got to this one. 'Of course! a lot of times'... is the unanimous reply. And I thought, all this while, that the concept of 'fake talking' was my brainchild.
So imagine... the hurried men you see rushing into some quiet corner or women you hear laughing away to glory near a window might actually be fake talkers. But why would want to pretend talking on phone? Umm...To avoid an irritating colleague/acquaintance, to pretend to your boss that you're 'busy', to ignore someone, to get away from a situation...and sometimes just to think out loud to yourself and not look like a fool to others! It's also like going invisible on gtalk... Wearing a mask...escaping from the eyes of others. Feeling superior with a right to 'choose' who we wish to give our precious time to. It's sometimes a great ego booster and many times a relief...of being able to conveniently ignore someone. And sometime just an escape...in your mind...more like closing your eyes to something you don't want to see.
I have done this a lot of times. Mostly to get away from a group that surpasses my low level of intellect. Or to, as I mentioned, thinking aloud. It's like consulting yourself and enjoying your own company ;)