Séamas wrote:dv wrote:
This is related to a topic we discussed when out family had dinner with our neighbor's family a few weeks ago.
Many of the kids (all between 12 and 16) find the idea of having a conversation--no matter how brief--with a cashier, or someone in a waiting room, etc. duty--as something they thought should be avoided as much as possible.
My neighbor was talking about striking up a conversation with a fellow juror and his daughter (15) spoke of the very idea of doing that completely frightening.
I'm not the most social person in the world, but my kids kid me about "making friends" all the time because I occasionally have a polite chat with strangers.
In my late early/mid '20s, my dad and stepmother would bother me about how I should be striking up conversations with waitresses. "She's cute!" they'd say. "She's at work!" I would reply.
Different times, different rules. And that's just one generation. Dating by my grandparents rules would have been living hell.