If you do, you are already identifying yourself as older. According to data collected by a survey undertaken by YouGov UK younger people are less chatty to others in public situations. Research in Great Britain examined who would talk to staff in a bar, to taxi drivers when you are in a cab, and to neighbours in a park. There are also examples of hairdressers now setting up a “quiet” chair, for clients who want to get their hair cut without talking to the stylist. The research indicated that 25 per cent of people interviewed would prefer that quiet chair.
In terms of public transit, 75 per cent of Londoners were least likely to talk to other passengers. The percentages were 47 to 56 per cent in other parts of Britain. “In each of the other scenarios non-talkers are in the minority: 37% prefer not to talk to their taxi driver, likewise 30% for a barperson while alone in a quiet bar, 28% an unfamiliar colleague, 26% a checkout assistant, 22% a tradesperson in their home and only 16% wouldn’t want to talk to a close neighbour.”
While this does not assess “whether millennials are uniquely antisocial or if it is simply that all generations have become more talkative as they have grown older. But if this is in fact a unique characteristic of Britain’s young generations.”
The correlation is so strong between age and public place talkability that social media has created a seven question survey linking age by how talkative a person is in seven situations. You can take that survey here.
December 20, 2017