This comes up because I was just in the elevator with somebody who insisted on talking with me. About all I could manage was to smile and nod at their completely meaningless babble. Afterwards I felt so fake for even smiling at what they were saying. But if I hadn't had some sort of reaction I would have been really rude. In general I try to avoid any conversation with people I don't know or am not dealing with in some other capacity. I'd much rather be left alone with my thoughts than talk to somebody in line at the grocery store, on the elevator or the street corner. I figure why bother talking to somebody I'll probably never see again in my life. Am I a jerk for not wanting to conversate with my fellow humans? What do you guys do in these situations? If you're one of these people that talk to unkown people, I don't mean to offend you. I'm not angry at these types, nor do I think they're doing something wrong. I'm just wondering what they get out of it.