Okay, so this should seem like a trivial idea and perhaps I am just overthinking this, but in any case I need an answer or at least to talk about my ideas a little. I'm probably going to be extremely vague because I don't really get my ideas myself but anyhow...
Basically, I just started college back in September and I noticed that a lot of people sit alone in the dining halls, myself included. Sure, there are probably more people who don't but there are plenty of people who do.
And in other places, like while waiting for elevators, we all stand around, pull out our mobiles and just waste the time away so that we don't have to interact with each other.
I assume though, that talking with people might be worth something. If just to entertain both of us involved at the least, but maybe to learn something, or make a new friend.
I am wondering mostly, what are people's thoughts on making friends. Like, what would take for a random stranger to befriend you? And like, how can meaningful conversations be made in elevators or waiting lounges? (Is it even possible even?) Why do we choose not to talk to people?
In certain ways, I feel like people just don't want to talk. But I don't know if that's true. I feel also like there really isn't anything worth talking about. News and politics maybe- really though, what we ought to be talking about are our lives. Not the intersections of thoughts so much as everything else- just the stories of our lives even. I know most people consider themselves boring and have a hard time recalling their very own story but I wonder how very true that is.
And as for friendship, I suppose what really makes things click for me is just like, people having chill personalities. Pretentiousness is really common around school, which is a total turnoff. But even those who are pretty chill I just don't always get along with and I have no idea why, perhaps just a lack of getting to know someone when I meet them sets the tone for everything else? I feel like their ought to be cheat codes or something...
Anyway, I'm sorry for being so vague and such. Any kind of general thoughts and questions to expand discussion (so that I can understand myself for starters) would be great.