posted on Feb, 19 2013 @ 09:50 PM
I think these people are starving for real non-computer human contact and are trying to make a network. See, they see the people on TV making
conversation with other people really easily, and they are trying to reproduce that reality in public, forgetting about all the pre-planning, market
research and editing that happens in the TV world. The idea is, if you both live in the same neighborhood, you should be able to converse with people
to create the semblance of a community.
It's important when you get someone in reality trying to make small talk, to make nice and keep the small talk going until you both get to the
goodbye moment. You might learn something from the other human being. It's called being sociable. It's what people used to do before the
technology boom of telephones, TV, and computers. You might not have developed the social skills to accept what comes out of other people that you
can see, but it's what people did a hundred years ago, before we learned how to push a button to get out of something unfamiliar or unappealing to
This is going to be your biggest survival skill over the long run when you learn to meet people that you haven't previously been introduced to on the
Internet. It brings neighborhood, useful when the Internet gets wiped out by a catastrophe. This means, yes, talking to strangers, without putting
up your defense mechanisms of snobbery and acting repulsed. Sure, you can mentally star, vote up or vote down what the person says in the real world,
but it's important to practice courtesy when you meet these people.
Sure they might start talking to you like Forrest Gump on a park bench, but just listen. It probably won't hurt you. They might even be wearing
clothing that isn't in the latest magazines and they might have some sort of human odor about them, but that is your neighborhood, your society, your
fellow country people. Let them drivel; do you know how entertaining that can be? Yes you're allowed to be amused by real people and not just
digital media. They probably aren't dumb, but are thinking you are dumb, and are keeping the subject matter low for your sake.
The best kinds of random social exchange one could get is the guy who just starts playing guitar at a bus stop. It changes the whole day.