1. What makes small talk hard for me is that often when people do it, they force themselves to jump to conclusions about how much they know about another person, rather than asking meaningful questions. It's considered more “folksy” to crack stereotypical jokes about relationships, for instance, than to ask a simple yet meaningful thing like, “how did you meet?”

  2. So true, Tim! I think Facebook has contributed largely and not necessarily in a positive way to that idea. You follow people on Facebook and you have to resist the urge to just assume things when you see them face to face.

    It's so important to make the meaningful connections in person beyond small talk. Some people don't make the time for something deeper and just want the surface relationships and that is never enough for me.

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