In this world where so many just want to talk, I tend to be task oriented. Others want to chat, to socialize, and to be cleaver. I want to do what is right, to move things forward, and get things done.
Don't get me wrong. I like to hear people talk and I like to exchange meaningful information. But I would much rather be in the audience to hear someone who has come prepared with something intelligent to say. Or where I am talking one-on-one to someone of high caliber and we both are contributing meaningfully. Being at some social gathering for no other reason than to be social is not for me. It never has and I don't ever see it becoming natural for me.
The popularity of cell phones is not a fad I have embraced or warmed up too. I see them as expensive talking devises that enslave people to large corporations through contracts. No thank you. Send me an email instead.
So many people want to talk. I get that. But others of us want to do, read, listen, and accomplish. Not everyone wants to talk and socialize. Respect that.