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Resting on the shifter

Going over the owners manual of my A4 1.8TQ, I noticed a paragraph
in there that says to not keep your hand on the "stick", as this 
would cause premature wear of the clutch.  How true is this statement?

One habit I do have is to rest my right hand on the shifter when I 
drive.  I've never had premature wear problems with the Hondas that
I've owned.  Are Audi's different?  Is it OK if I just rest it there,
and not depress or move it?  The shifter stick can move up and down,
something my other cars didn't allow.  Would depressing the shifter,
either intentionally or resting on it, cause the clutch to wear more?