I hate small talk.
And so too, do most people.
But why do we avoid meaningful topics so often?
The risk? The awkwardness? The opener?
It turns out most people would much rather have a deeper conversation than talk about the weather or the game.
We “systematically underestimate how caring and interested distant strangers are.” and as a result of those “miscalibrated expectations” we resort to meaningless and uninspiring banter.
“Too much information” can be a real thing. Instead, our research suggests that the person next to you would probably be happier talking about their passions and purpose than the weather and “what’s up.”
What’s another great question to get to big talk?
Nov 2, 2021