I'm this way because I'm terrible at small talk. I can't even talk to people I know properly.
"Oh hi Balfour, how have you been? How are the kids?"
I stand there puzzled and then "Kids? I don't have any."
Why did I say that? I don't know. I've got two of them with me. This is awkward. This is why I don't do this.
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08-12-2015 11:42 #11Member
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08-12-2015 11:56 #12
Nope, wouldn't say hello. Unless it's someone I know well I really can't be bothered with small talk. If they were an exceptionally nice person who I had an interest in striking up a friendship with, I might. But otherwise, no. Wouldn't cross my mind to talk to them.
08-12-2015 11:58 #13
Bahaha this thread is cracking me up. I actively avoid situations like that.
Hey, we met this one time, I'm so and so.
Yeah you work with my hubby.
Oh right. How are you?
Yeah good. You?
08-12-2015 11:59 #14
08-12-2015 12:09 #15
And here I was questioning if I was a bit awful for not saying anything - I feel much better about it now!
She was actually really nice when I initially met her, but it wasn't like we had a big conversation, or established a connection that would warrant going out of my way to greet her.
Plus I've always felt (from past experiences) that I'm not a highly memorable person! I'm the type that gets told 'nice to meet you', when the person has met you a couple of times previously. I have a slight social complex in that respect
08-12-2015 12:18 #16
I'd avoid any kind of conversation if it's someone I don't know well. I even try and avoid them striking up a conversation with me!
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08-12-2015 12:23 #17Senior Member
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I'm with everyone else on this, I'd just avoid her and be happy afterwards that she didn't see me.
Like others, I'm a bit socially awkward and loathe small talk. If I bump into a good friend I'm happy to have a chat but if it's an acquaintance I go out of my way to avoid them, and it's got nothing to do with whether I like them or not, I feel really rude sometimes because I'll avoid nice people all because I can't do small talk 😕
The worst is when you get caught avoiding someone and have to use the old 'I didn't see you there' excuse, I always feel like they know I'm lying and I feel quite idiotic; and then I think why didn't I just say hello like a normal person in the first place 🤔
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08-12-2015 13:09 #18
I would have done the same. I hate chatting to people in shops! Can't be bothered, just want to get what I'm there for and get out! And I'm a people person, not awkward, and can do small talk. I'm just busy. When I shop with my mum she stops to talk to everyone, including random strangers...drives me mental!!
08-12-2015 13:14 #19
08-12-2015 13:16 #20
Nope I would not have said anything at all. I would have avoided all eye contact as well.
I like to talk to a little people as possible.
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