What happened to general conversation? I see it everyday, someone says a simple "hello" to somebody else and the other person will quickly turn away or just walk off. What if they are strangers? Is it just so horrible to be polite to someone else?
What happened to the days where complete strangers could sit on a park bench and have a general conversation? That is usually how people make acquaintances and friends right? Is our world so full of mistrust that a simple hello could be a threat in disguise? I decided to test out what a simple hello could do.
Hello Number 1
A young lady in her early 20's
"Hello, how are you today?"
She looked at me with a puzzled look and gave me a half-hearted wave as she started to search for her cell phone and then she kept on walking.
Hello Number 2
Two ladies walking by
"Hello, how are you all doing?"
"We are fine, isn't this a pretty day?"
Ok, that one wasn't all that bad. Now I feel optimistic!
Hello Number 3
Young guy sitting on a bench near a soda vending machine
"Hey, how's it going?"
He glances over and, if I'm not mistaken, actually makes a grunt for a greeting back. I stroll on, clearly disappointed in that response.
So I proceeded to attempt to engage 15 people into a conversation. To make a long story short, I had only two incidences out of 15 that worked. The people who decided to engage consisted of the two ladies in Hello Number 2, and the other was an elderly gentleman. I know that this was a very unscientific experiment I conducted, but I did it mostly for fun to see what would happen.
So I ask you, "Is general conversation over?"