Je ne suis pas particulièrement un fan de « small talk », de petit parlage (?), mais c’est vrai que même moi, je m’en ennuie un peu.
Semble-t-il que c’est normal.
Marissa King and Balázs Kovács, writing in Harvard Business Review, report that, during the pandemic, our personal and professional circles have decreased by 16 percent. For men, it’s even worse—as much as 30 percent. And it’s not just work small talk that we’re missing out on. Chatting with strangers out in public can also prove valuable—though it’s now increasingly rare. Gillian Sandstrom, a psychologist at the University of Essex, conducted one study that found that, when people engaged more with a barista—smiling, making eye contact, conversing—they felt a greater sense of community belonging. In another, her data showed that, the more people mingled with acquaintances or strangers in a day, the better their mood and sense of connection.
Hâte au retour du small talk… à petite dose.