I understand that you all may have difficulty finding common subjects of interest, but the outright disdain for it is baffling. No one takes it as seriously as you all do. As Geoff and Rivercrow said, it's purpose is to ease social interaction. If you want more than small talk then find a group that you don't have to engage in it. But judging by the amount of chatter I see on here and INTPc, it's something yall heartily like to engage in also. Extrapolate!