ANSWERS: 40
  • Yes. I don't mind a greeting or some small talk but a conversation with a stranger makes me feel a bit nervous.
  • When I flew alot I used to just put my headset on and then no one interupted me....... even if it wasnt on they would just assume I couldnt hear.
  • Yeah 90% of the time, but once we get talking I see it as good social practice.
  • I don,t mind talking in the restroom in the bar when i,m half tuned.
  • No not at all, I love it!!! I have met some of the greatest people in the restroom or in a line anywhere. I think it is great!
  • No, I love to talk to people.
  • No, not really. I don't mind. I think it's very sad to see you lonely and ignored people are in general
  • I like it. I think social interaction is fast disappearing and I appreciate it when someone behaves in a friendly manner.
  • I am normally the one that starts those conversations. People do not seem to mind. In fact it makes the waiting go a bit faster.
  • No. As we all "wait" together .. it can be solitary time or social time. Personally, I like interaction. Doesn't annoy me if someone starts up a conversation - and I've certainly started up a few billion of them myself. lol
  • It does when I have my screaming 2 year old with me and I'm trying to hurry up and get him home.
  • No I figure their looking for a friend however if they are looking to scam, scare, or rob me it is very offensive.
  • It depends on how much time I have. If I'm in a hurry and have about a million things on my mind, I just want to be left alone. However, if it's on a weekend and I'm out enjoying my time, I don't mind one bit.
  • Not at all. I feel they are just being friendly and find it refreshing. Why should we ignore people just because we don't know them? Why should we feel like other people aren't worth talking with? My time isn't so precious or my thoughts so important that a friendly hello and conversation is out of the question. Who knows, I just might meet a very good friend that way:-)
  • Nope. I AM that person. I can talk to anybody. I like that about me :D
  • no, I generally enjoy it...we all have our days when we don't feel like talking, but for the most part, I think it is fun to talk to someone you will probably never see again....you can really learn a lot.
  • Oh,geez, I'm that stranger
  • Oh boy, I hope not many say YES, because I am one of those who start conversation... Well, you guess my answer right.
  • As long as they respect the 5 feet of allotted personal space. Not usually... It is not intrusive unless they interrupt and include themselves in an already on going conversation with someone else, un asked and uninvited. That annoys me.
  • No i love people.
  • i think the only time i ever did that was when i was at college living in the dorms. i would start conversations with cute boys on the elevators. haha thats how i met the man of my dreams... but sadly we are just friends right now :(
  • Not at all. I've met some really nice people and had some great conversations that way. Once time, the conversation was so interesting that we continued on after we got out of line and talked an hour! I always respond positively when a stranger strikes up a conversation in a crowded area.
  • Does not annoy me...it breaks up the monotony and sometimes you can meet some pretty interesting people.
  • depends on my mood if im in a bad mood then yes it does bother me, but if im in a good mood i enjoy conversation so then no it wouldnt bother me.
  • I might already -be- annoyed when this happens, but I just try to remember that they don't know that and they're only trying to make friendly conversation.
  • depends what they are talking about! if they are talking crap then im not interested
  • Generally I enjoy small talk with strangers during those annoying lines. It helps pass the time in a more positive way than actually complaining about how long the line up is for a pack of gum. Cheers.
  • Not at all. Conversation is a dying art with texts and emails. It's good to talk.
  • No, it doesn't bother me at all. I kind of like it.
  • no i like it. it gets so boring it spices things up
  • no as I am a people person. If they are creepy then it bothers me, but otherwise, no.
  • Yes and No. If it is a guy starting "random conversation" to nonchalantly hit on me, yes it annoys me. A true, we are both waiting in line or whatever, and "I am a friendly person making convo with no ulterior motives" than it does not bother me. LOL, you feel me??? +2 for your question! :)
  • Nope :)
  • No,it is called being polite and having manners. Everyone is a stranger until you get to know them which is through talking to one another. Not speaking to people and rudeness to strangers is far, far worse. Sounds like some people have some growing up to do.
  • I think that speaking to strangers is a measure of the coherence of a society. In the north-east of Scotland people greet one another in the street, and they will greet strangers in just the same way. People will stop and perhaps say only 'Fine day' (a universal salutation on any day when there isn't a blizzard; and when there is they will say 'Brisk day'). This is very different from the avoidance of eye-contact common in the biggest cities. I think that the difference is the sense of community in rural areas versus the selfish individualism of cities. In the country you are likely to meet a person a second time. This gives an incentive to treat him decently. In the city you will see only once many of the people you encounter in a day. As you will never see them again, human interaction is pointless, so people don't do it if it can be avoided. When it cannot be avoided, the interaction is most likely to be aggressive, the behaviour of one person or group becoming intolerable to another. If, as in the country, your interactions with strangers are mostly positive you will be inclined to interact with them, meet their eyes, even speak to them. If, as in the city, your interactions with strangers are mostly negative you will avoid their eyes, and avoid conversation. Mostly it doesn't annoy me to be spoken to by strangers; but my opening of conversations with strangers happens only in the country.
  • I am one of those who begins those conversations. If I am feeling the need to make a comment,any comment at all,maybe there is a bird flying out the window and I want to share the thought/feeling at that time,I will share it with who ever is close by,you never know,they might be friendly too!
  • Usually not.
  • It doesn't exactly annoy me, but it does throw me a little off-balance. I usually don't have much to say in response to whatever they're talking about, so I end up with some strange looks and stilted conversations.
  • No, it doesn't bother me, unless they get upset with my response. The way I see it, when you start conversation with a complete stranger, you need to be prepared for any response. Because you don't know the stranger, you can not anticipate how they will feel & answer. I would rather the person start up conversation with me, than whip out a cell phone, and start talking on it.
  • most of the time no. waiting in line gets boring. it doesn't bother me to talk to a guy in the restroom, i've even had conversations with ppl standing at the urinal. especially at the store i always talk to people, i like doing my shopping alone but that doesn't mean i wont help someone out if i know where something is they're looking for.

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