Don't TALK to strangers...

small talk - conversations
@pelo26 (1553)
Philippines
April 3, 2007 7:43pm CST
As a child, our parents have always told us not to talk to strangers. Don't you think this has affected our social skills even now that we are grown ups. Have you ever wished you could just chat around with anyone in the bus or on a train ride home? Wouldn't it be more fun if we could just greet everyone with a nice hi and start casual conversations. What do you think?
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5 responses
• United States
4 Apr 07
I remember the days when it was not wrong to talk to strangers. In my highschool days I made many new friends that way, just by having a casual conversation on the bus or in the local diner. I think now and I feel not talking to people we do not know affects how we are as adults. Now the trend is, do not trust anyone. I miss the days of talking to strangers. Not all people are bad.
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@angela2006 (1846)
• China
4 Apr 07
yes,I think it affected people's communication and relationship and friendship.I still remember some days ago,when I taking bus to celebrate one of my friends' birthday,there was a woman with her child,who is a little boy;some moment later,a man with his child who is a little girl got up.then the man taken the boy on her knees and give his seat to the little girl.after that,boy and girl became friends,they talked about their commen topics.when got off,they said goodbye to each other.when I think children can talk to strangers and be friends so quickly,why do not us adult?
@jenalyn (675)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I know that it affected my skills. I am afraid to talk to strangers, even though I am an adult. Most of the time I am by myself, so I am on guard. My mom drilled it in my head that there are a bunch of bad people out there and you can't tell who they are by looking at them. When a male stranger talks to me it scares me, and I never know if I am going to say something that will make them think I like them. I have had a couple of men follow me home from the store, and one man stalked me after I fixed his watch where I worked. I do wish it was comfortable to talk to strangers and not feel weary. It would be great to talk to people while waiting in long lines, or riding a bus or train. I have enjoyed doing that one time when I was traveling on an airplane. It was great to have someone to talk to on that 2 hour flight. It would make waiting in long lines more enjoyable if talking to someone is how I spent my time waiting.
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I agree. When I was a the theme park I wanted to say hi and I kept remembering what my parents say Don't talk to Strangers well I am grown now and I still don't talk to strangers it has always been stuck in my head.
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@jesseca (209)
• Philippines
20 Apr 07
our parents know what is good for us.. you can never tell, if that some strangers is good or they just wants to do some bad things to you.. so we must be careful to all the people that we dont know!