As it turns out, it's really tough to text and have a conversation with someone else at the same time.
That type of multitasking is way too much for your brain to handle, according to a new study by the University College London published in the Journal of Neuroscience, which found that trying to do both at the same time leads to an issue called "inattentional deafness."
Essentially, that means although you may have thought you heard what the person talking to you was saying while you were texting, there's a good chance you missed half of the convo, the study found. The University came up with the results by conducting brain scans on 13 participants who were listening to sounds and asked to "quickly decipher some ambiguous-looking letters," according to Seventeen.
When they tried to do it, scientists not only found that the participants' responses to sound was reduced, but that phones are a main source of inattentional deafness.
So, let this be a lesson, friends. If you're having a conversation with someone, keep that phone down until you're done. There's a fairly good chance that text you're dying to send can wait a few minutes.