Monday, February 25, 2013

Saving the day one conversation at a time

After hearing about this "Spotted: UTSC" page on Facebook I decided to check it out. After reading an obscene amount of posts about people talking about other people through an anonymous medium. I thought to myself, "You've got to be kidding me." I know that there have always been people that are shy or scared to talk to a select group of people but I had no idea it was this bad.

I know social media is supposed to be a way for people to connect but I think it's doing the complete opposite. Once a computer or phone is removed as a medium for communication people get completely lost. They have no idea how to carry on a conversation or are too scared to talk to people in real life. Just a quick fact for everyone who didn't know, before social networking, people actually had to approach somebody and introduce themselves to them! (I know it's crazy!)

After going through multiple pages and what seemed like an infinite amount of posts I decided to help out the UTSC community. I decided to make a list of ice breakers to help people overcome this fear of talking to new people. So here it is:
  1. Yeah, no, that girl’s not my girlfriend or anything.
  2. Hi, I’m [name].
  3. Hey, sorry, you probably don’t remember me but the other day you asked for a pen and I said no, and I felt like I was kind of rude, I mean I really didn’t have a pen to loan you, I just had the one and I needed it to write that, but I felt like maybe I came off rude and, I dunno, I worry a lot about that I guess, and I didn’t want you to be thinking like ‘wow that dude sure was an asshole’ all week, which you probably weren’t, I know, you probably didn’t even give it a second thought, but like honestly I was just sitting here kind of hoping you’d sit there again so I could apologize and this isn’t really turning out as planned, so sorry, for this too, and um, my name’s [insert name here].
  4. So you went to school with him?
  5. You sound drunk.
  6. Can I call you Brittany? You remind me of a Brittany.
  7. No, I’m not going to add you on Facebook.
  8. Hi, is anyone sitting here?
  9. You played basketball? I throw crumpled up pieces of paper in the garbage bin! TWINSIES!!
  10. So, you’re a Senators fan?
  11. You’re the girl from the bus right?
  12. Do you live around here?
  13. Hi, so… uh… my mom told me to come over here and talk to you.
  14. Cool hair. Purple’s my favorite color.
  15. Wow, you’re a great kisser.
  16. Um.. can you teach me how to play four square?
  17. Hey, is the Internet working?
  18. I like your beard. (this one never fails, girls.)
  19. Yo' girl, lemme holla at you for a quick sec?
  20. Which Harry Potter book is that? My favourite is the fifth.
  21. Well, that’s the second time I literally ran into you today. But you don’t have tacos in your hand this time. I like tacos though, so I wouldn’t mind if you were holding them again. My name is Moiz, by the way.
  22. Your eyes are like brown diamonds. Beautiful.
  23. Wow, what an awesome Led Zeppelin t-shirt!  I love Zeppelin.
  24. So… how about we go on a date?
  25. Is anyone sitting here?
  26. Hey shawty.
  27. Sorry, I know this is a weird question but do you know anyone who could sell me ecstasy?
  28. Do you know where the bathroom is?
  29. Hello.
  30. A/S/L?
  31. Can I lay with you?
  32. I’m drunk messaging since I need alcohol in order to get the nerve to ask you…
  33. What would you do if a car came at us right now?
  34. So, you wanna make out?
  35. You have a very beautiful smile. Why aren’t you smiling more often?
  36. Can I borrow your sweatshirt?
  37. Hey, can I see your book? It’s a really cool book. I like old books.
  38. Hey, how’s it going?
  39. I like your shirt.
  40. I wanna Channing all over your Tatum.

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