Difference between Standing and Seated Conversation over Meal toward Better Communication Support

  • Yasuhito Noguchi
  • Tomoo Inoue
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 460)


It is known that conversation over a meal is better than the one without it. We often have a banquet when we socialize. We have two styles for such co-dining social activity; standing and seated. However we do not know if these styles matter for conversation. Therefore we have conducted an experimental study to investigate their differences. Findings which can be useful for designing conversation support are that the standing style 1) increases the number of utterances, nods and laughs, 2) makes a single utterance shorter, which helps crisp and vibrant conversation as a result, 3) increases turning to the speaker by the trunk, and 4) increases synchrony of eating behavior and makes eating slower.


co-dining conversation posture standing conversation seated conversation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasuhito Noguchi
    • 1
  • Tomoo Inoue
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Library, Information and Media StudiesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Library, Information and Media ScienceUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan

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