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Talking to Strangers

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Bri DeRosa

NYC_Subway_R160A_9237_on_the_EThese days, it can seem as though everyone’s in a constant rush, especially if you’re in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the New York City subway system. But a young man named Thomas Knox has found a way to help his fellow New Yorkers slow down and enjoy some good old-fashioned conversation.

Thomas sets up a table called “Date While You Wait” in subway stations around the city, where he encourages people to sit and chat with him while they’re waiting for their trains. Learn more about his idea here and discuss it with your family.

Why do you think the “Date While You Wait” table has been so popular?

It’s often said that people don’t take the time to have face-to-face conversations as much as they should. Do you think that’s true? Why or why not?

What do you think might be some barriers to taking the time to enjoy a conversation or a game with another person face-to-face?

Do you think you would feel comfortable sitting and talking with someone you don’t know? Does the situation matter?

If you were going to set up a table similar to Thomas Knox’s “Date While You Wait” stations somewhere in your community, where would you put it and why?

Why do you think Thomas felt that a place to slow down and take a break to talk would help others?

Are there times and places in your life when you feel like you get a chance to really engage in conversation with others? When and where do those opportunities happen the most? How does it make you feel to have those conversations, and is that experience different from chatting online or texting?