These days talking with friends and family usually leads to conversations about lockdowns, vaccines, home schooling and more, and that’s making a lot of us miss the days when we used to talk about simple and mundane things.
A new survey finds:
- 60% of adults say they miss “ordinary” conversations on topics like the weather, sports and even celebrity gossip.
- This is sad considering close to 50% of people say a good conversation is a mood booster and improves their mental health.
- Another three-quarters say such chats make their day.
- Keys to the most satisfying conversations include:
- Discussing common interests (63%)
- Finding out something new (53%)
- Coming away feeling valued (51%)
- Unfortunately, 24% of people say it’s been so long since they had a good chat they are feeling uneasy about talking to others.
- This is true for about half of 18 to 24-year-olds.
- 58% of 18 to 34 year olds say they struggle to make small talk compared to only 36% of those over 65.
- Overall, 46% of people say they are finding it harder than ever to find things to talk about.
- 57% of people actually think the art of a good conversation is declining.