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How Long is 10 Seconds?

At a (semi)recent NABC, I called the director to report a break in tempo. The hesitator passed, and her partner bid a game. Both my partner and I insisted that the BIT was at least 30 seconds. The opponents disputed that there had been any BIT. I don't think anyone at the table was lying, and both sides were clearly biased, so perhaps we'll never know. The director did something interesting which I had never seen before: She marked time, and stared at her watch while 30 seconds went by. Then she looked at me and said (with what I thought was a condescending tone, but again, I recognize my own bias), "The hesitation wasn't really 30 seconds, was it?" My partner and I said, in unison, "At least!"

Research has shown that perception of the passage of time degrades as one gets older, and it was certainly the case that our opponents were older than my partner and I. As for the table result, the game went down, so it didn't matter, but this anecdote relates to skip bids as well. I claim to have a very keen sense of time, and I claim that it is EXCEEDINGLY rare, for anyone to wait 10 seconds after a skip bid. I count slowly to 5 in my head (which probably translates to somewhere between 4 and 6 seconds), and usually the tension from the rest of the table is telling me "Come on Max, it's been long enough. Bid already!"

My question is this: How long do you wait after skip bids (with or without stop cards)? Please feel free to comment with what you usually see from opponents, if you care to generalize. 


I always wait 8-10 seconds.
I pause between 3 and 7 seconds.
I don't worry about pausing.
I think I pause 8-10 seconds, but I can't be sure, because I've never timed it.

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