The Danger of Small Talk

"The Finnish don’t believe in talking bullshit." —Laura Studarus. "How the Finnish Survive Without Small Talk." BBC.com. October 17, 2018. Small talk is a social lubricant. It creates openings, fills in gaps in conversation, and eases partings. In environments with complex social networks that extend past our Dunbar numbers, social anxiety is a natural byproduct … Continue reading The Danger of Small Talk

Are My Friends Really My Friends? – The New York Times

"'Your available social time is limited, and you can either spend it face to face or on the internet,” Dr. Dunbar said. If it’s spent with people who are 'remote,' whether geographically or just because they’re represented digitally, 'you don’t have time to invest in new relationships where you are.' People from our past that … Continue reading Are My Friends Really My Friends? – The New York Times