Every friend you’ve ever had started as a stranger. While talking to strangers may feel awkward, it is a necessity in life.
Most people enjoy conversations with strangers and benefit from moments of social connection. However, many fear that they will not enjoy their conversation and do not engage with strangers.
The act of sending a message through a cell phone is also known as texting or messaging. It allows users to send and receive short messages instantly, which is often quicker than a telephone call or an email. It is also widely used for business and personal communications and is a popular way to connect with customers online.
When a conversation takes place over the phone, it’s possible to hear the person’s voice and pick up on non-verbal cues, like facial expressions or body language. But this can be distracting, especially if the conversation is long or complex.
During one experiment, participants were asked to reconnect with someone they hadn’t spoken to in a while. They were then told that they’d feel significantly more connected to the person when contacted via a voice call, as opposed to e-mail. They also believed that audio-based media produced stronger social connections than visual-based ones.
2. No Body Language
When you are not seeing someone, it can make it easier to open up and discuss difficult topics. People tend to be less guarded when they cannot see their body language. This can also help to decrease any feelings of being embarrassed or ashamed. Additionally, when you are typing you have the chance to review what you are saying before sending it out into the world. You can also pause in your conversation to think through the best way to phrase something or look up the meaning of a word if you are unsure.
Although it can be easy to talk to random people online, it is important to note that some people can become addicted to this activity. If you are finding that you are spending more time talking to strangers than with your friends and family, you may need to seek help. It is always a good idea to consult a professional if you are struggling with an addiction.
3. No Physical Distractions
When you talk to someone online it is easy to focus on their words and interpret their intentions. However, when you are chatting in person it can be harder to pay attention to their words if they’re speaking over a loud noise or you’re distracted by a busy scene.
It can be even more difficult to concentrate on a conversation if you’re tired or physically uncomfortable. For example, if you’re in a loud restaurant or coffee shop you may find yourself struggling to hear your conversation partner and instead of listening you might start thinking about your dinner plans or the next assignment due at work.
It’s also hard to fully engage in a conversation when you’re feeling depressed, anxious or worried about a big event in your life. These are all common experiences that cause people to lose their ability to connect with others and can impact their well-being. If you’re able to get past these obstacles, talking with strangers can be much easier.
4. No Social Intimidation
While talking to strangers online may feel easier than doing so in person, it is important to consider how intimidating you might be to those around you. If you are seen as being a potential threat, people will be less likely to confide in you or ask for your help. Fortunately, there are ways to be less intimidating without losing your assertiveness or confidence.
For starters, focus on being interested in other people. Asking questions about their hobbies, interests, or jobs can be a great way to start a conversation and get the ball rolling. Pointing out similarities can also make the other person feel like you are in their camp – for example, both of you liking pizza and sharing a disdain for pineapple on it can be an easy topic to discuss.