I present to you, four situations you have probably experienced and yet it never gets easier. They are the situations that require meaningless small talk and awkward conversation.
– Riding the elevator with someone you don’t know. The awkwardness. It’s too long a time for the silence not to be uncomfortable but too short to start any sort of conversation. And what do you even say?
– Sitting near colleagues that ask how you are. Oh no, it’s that awkward middle bit where it’s kind of the start of a conversation but there’s nothing else to say. There’s no turning back.
– Getting your hair cut. They’re either really chatty and that’s fine, or they don’t talk at all and that’s fine too. But then there are some that try to start a conversation and it falls flat. Great. Now everyone feels uncomfortable.
– Having someone you kind of know sit near you (or worse, beside you) on public transport and you have to make small talk. It’s grand at first, but suddenly it’s a long way to town…
I agree with Elvis on this one – a little less conversation please.