I’m in the grocery store, standing in front of the yogurt section, looking for the flavors my mom requested. Another woman stands next to me, practically shoulder-to-shoulder. Then she says out loud to no one in particular, “Aw man they don’t have my flavor yogurt anymore!” So I just continue grabbing the yogurts I came for. Then she says, “They really don’t have it.” This time I just give a polite side glance with a smile, but I still say nothing because I couldn’t tell if she was really speaking directly to me. She says, “I can’t believe it! They just stopped making my yogurt!” So finally, feeling obligated, I join the conversation. “Aw man. Isn’t it always that way? Find something you really like and they just stop making it.” Then she looks at me and walks away.
What the hell? This is not the first time I’ve been in this scenario and I know others have had to too. It’s happened on the elevator, in the break room at work. It’ll just be the other person and me, and they start talking out loud to no one in particular. I never know. Do I respond or not? Am I supposed to join in or is it an A and B conversation between self n self? I know it’s kinda rude to butt into a conversation, but it’s also very confusing when you talk to yourself out in public when people are in close proximity. I’m going to need all of you self-talkers to make up your minds!
We live in a world where many take pride in their own isolated behavior. Having few or no real friends is a badge of honor or something. With all of our electronics and technology, leaving the house is no longer required or desired as much. Has everyone gotten so sucked into self that we’ve forgotten how to interact with other humans?