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You cannot be present and involved in a conversation if you occasionally look at your phone.
Whether you intend to or not, you're sending the message that the people you're talking with aren't as important as whatever text, snap or post is on your device.
People alter their tone of voice depending on social status. We adjust our voices depending on the persons we are talking to.
In essence, people change their tone of voice when in an anxiety-inducing context, without even being aware of it. And just like body posture, the language we use, or our facial shape and expressions, our voices are part of the arsenal of signals that affect perceptions of social status.
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