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Old January 3 2013, 06:30 PM   #16
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Re: Most hated conversations

When you have an important point to make but don't get straight to it. Yes it's a nice, yes I did catch that show last night, but can't that chat wait till the important stuff is over?
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Old January 3 2013, 06:35 PM   #17
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Re: Most hated conversations

Anything approaching religion. They always say that and politics you should avoid but politics I can handle. In everyday conversation I can mostly talk civilly about it and have a discussion. But religion? Not possible, usually because the otherside starts evangelizing and trying to convert and they get into the science/evolution thing and... BAH!
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Old January 3 2013, 06:35 PM   #18
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In 10 to 20 years, all your friends will solely be talking about their health issues.
Hell I'm 36 and that seems to be the growing topic. I can count on one hand the number of people in the real world that I know that haven't be diagnosed or think they have some illness of the week they or their doctor heard about on the news.
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Old January 3 2013, 06:39 PM   #19
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Re: Most hated conversations

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I don't care whatsoever about sports.

I also tend not to care when people talk about their kids. That might be weird, considering I have two kids of my own that I take care of by myself, but then I don't talk about them all the time, either. I find it obnoxious when people insist on talking about their kids constantly. Don't these people have any other interests?

To be fair, I don't really like talking about my life in general. I will listen to everyone else's problems, but I'm not that big on talking about myself. It's not like I hate my life or something, it's more that I don't have a lot to complain about, and I think the details of my life aren't that interesting. So, I hate it when people try to draw more out of me than "I'm doing fine."
You must hate our conversations then! I like hearing about people's kids if they are people I am close to. I don't need to hear endlessly about them, but it's a part of their life that I'd like to know about.
Nah, you're fine! You actually want to hear about it. I feel like some people only ask so they can then move on to dumping about their own problems, which is what I am here for. (No, I don't feel like you do that.)
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Old January 3 2013, 06:50 PM   #20
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1) Kids

2) Why my wife doesn't have my name

3) sports
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Old January 3 2013, 07:16 PM   #21
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How about loud conversations involving "too much information" told to a perfect stranger in the pair of bus seats just behind you? I traveled over Christmas on a long bus trip and got to hear (among other stuff) a young woman go on and on about how she was going home for Christmas and needed to tell her father that she was pregnant and had held off telling him because he would have driven all the way to her town to kill the boyfriend, but she loves her boyfriend, but her father has lung cancer and the drive would have killed him and ......

Maybe there is safety/comfort in loudly telling a complete stranger who you will never see again such a private story, but on a bus everyone around has to suffer through it whether they want to hear a soap opera or not (maybe I should have brought an Ipod...). If you do ask them to talk a little more quietly, you are looked at like you are trying to sell them insurance on a boat that they do not own.
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Old January 3 2013, 07:24 PM   #22
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It depends entirely on the party in question. I don't like discussing religion or politics wth family, for example.
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Old January 3 2013, 08:04 PM   #23
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As a bartender, I tend to overhear a lot of people's conversations, and a lot of them are annoying as hell. The most annoying to me, though, is when I hear a bunch of dudes talking about the slutty chicks that they've banged. I'm not a prude by any means, but there are some things that I just don't want to hear about. Sometimes they even try to get me involved in the conversations and ask me about the slutty chicks that I've banged, and I simply have no desire to share that kind of information.
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Old January 3 2013, 08:07 PM   #24
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1) Family Heritage. I don't care about your family heritage, and who married whom over 100 years ago and how close their old house is. Hubby's crazy-ass sister is obsessed with it. She will talk for HOURS about her family genealogy, which no one, not ever her own family, gives a flying fuck about.

2). Cell phones. I don't care what your phone can do; I barely care what mine can do. Get your damn phone out of my face and when we're together, look at me and not your phone, thank you.

3). Religion. No, I haven't found Jesus. I'm not religious. I'm an atheist. Please don't tell me that I'm going to hell, or that my soul is lost, or try to get me to join your Church, or I might be tempted to tell you what I think about your particular superstition, in great detail. I keep my mouth shut so as not to offend you; please do me that same courtesy.

4) Your crazy-ass conspiracy theories about this group or that ethnicity, or that politician or WHATEVER it is you don't like, and how it's ruining everything, is to blame for everything and everything in the entire world would be better without it. You're just making yourself out to be an incredible idiot, not to mention being really hateful/bigoted/paranoid, and no one wants to hear it. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid and try to have a civil conversation.

5). Sports. Don't care. No interest. Please be quiet.
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Old January 3 2013, 08:10 PM   #25
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With sports, I don't care if people talk about them, but I personally have no interest in them. People assume that because a) I'm a guy and b) I'm a bartender that I follow every sport and know everything that has happened with every team this season. People get really confused when they find out that I just don't care.
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Old January 3 2013, 08:11 PM   #26
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I am in my mid-20s but am by far the youngest in my office. I am surrounded by mostly 50+ individuals, which normally doesn't really make any difference, but certain popular conversation topics come up that I just can't relate to at all.

1. Aging parents - It sounds terrible to be annoyed by this, but I hear all day long about the various homes that their parents have been moved to, what happened on their last visit, the new numbers from the doctor, the new medications, etc. I care that my co-workers have to handle this burden, but at the same time I just don't want to hear about it. It's depressing, and I really have nothing to offer to the conversation because I cannot relate at all.

2. Your travels - So I have some coworkers who enjoy traveling, and go out on trips almost every weekend. I don't care. I DON'T CARE. It doesn't matter to me where you went, how romantic it was, how you went to these wineries, the cute local restaurant you ate at, the nice old lady you met, the picnic you had on the riverbank. I really couldn't care less; I didn't ask, don't tell me.

2. Facebook games - This is a strange new phenomenon that occurs at family gatherings with those folks you aren't very close to. Now that everyone and their grandma has a Facebook page, they obsessively play games like Mafia Wars, City Farm Neighborville, etc. and recruit all of their distant relatives to do so as well. So, now at these awkward family gatherings we sit around in silence for a while until someone says, "so how about that new Villeville game?" and then everyone else chimes in about how they found so many star powers and their sparkle unicorn is almost ready to mate and that timed holiday quest was just a killer. Do I even have to explain why I am over this conversation?

3. Kid's sports - Now usually, I actually like it when my coworkers discuss their kids, because most of their children are my age, so I feel like I can relate to the situations or offer another perspective. However, certain coworkers really like to harp on the various after school activities and sports their child is involved in. What makes you think I care about the rude comment your son's water polo coach made at last week's tournament? What makes you think I care that your son even plays water polo? This annoyingly seeps into a certain coworkers requests for time off, when she will send out an email to the unit letting us know the details of why she'll be gone, down to the team's current placement in the league and how this game will be SO IMPORTANT and she HAS TO BE THERE TO SUPPORT HER CHILD. And then it will show up on the shared calendar with some long description. Ugh! Just put "Vacation day" please! Anything else is more than I care about. Oh, and I'm also sick of hearing about dance conventions.

4. Menopause - I understand why the women around me want to discuss their shared experience, but I do not yet share that experience. Sorry, but I don't much care about how many hot flashes you had last night. Some day I'm sure I will, but that day is not now.
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Old January 3 2013, 08:12 PM   #27
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Re: Most hated conversations

Gaming.

Seriously, people. The last game I played was Tetris in 1990.

Not interested, don't care.

And the next person who tries to entice me into some game on FB is getting defriended.
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Old January 3 2013, 08:18 PM   #28
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Gaming.

Seriously, people. The last game I played was Tetris in 1990.

Not interested, don't care.

And the next person who tries to entice me into some game on FB is getting defriended.
Facebook games are terrible, anyway.
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Old January 3 2013, 09:30 PM   #29
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Facebook is terrible, period.
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Old January 3 2013, 09:40 PM   #30
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