I'm travelling home from work on the F train and I am struck (again) by the irrationality of so many people. Call me Spock, call me a robot, call me what you want -- I'm of the the (apparently absurd) opinion that people should be (when that can) somewhat rational in the things they do. Crazy, huh?
For example, I'm sitting across from two ladies happily chatting with each other, only they are not really communicating WITH each other so much as talking AT each other, often at the same time. They are not angry or emotional. They are simply talking about the weather and the state of grocery prices.
Now I'm all for chatting as a social activity, talking with the primary purpose of bonding as opposed to simply converying information. But when NO information is communicated, it seems like such a waste. Chatting can be on any topic really, as long as it's light and carefree -- it is not a time to be transmitting and receiving urgent messages -- but wouldn't it be better if SOME usefulness was gained from chatting? I'm not expecting graduate thesis discussions or strategoy on your next hostile takeover. Just something like, "Hey, guess what I learned the other day?" or "What do you think about those little USB jump drive thingies?" Something more interesting than, "Hey, nice weather we're having." "Yeah, I like it when it's sunny." "Yeah, but not too hot." "Yeah, me too. Or when it's humid." "Yeah, hot and humid is no good." "Yeah."