• Why casual chats with strangers are the thing many of us miss the most

    12 days ago - By The Guardian

    A brief encounter with a stranger on the bus or at the pub may seem trivial, but in the coronavirus era these ‘weak social ties' are crucial Has there been a month in my life before when I've not met a single new person? In the last couple of months the only folk I've seen have been people I know: my husband, our neighbours. In pre-virus days I'd have met new people in the pub (this is Glasgow; we talk to one another here), at work events or at friends' parties. I'd have chatted to the newsagent, the bus driver or the person at the checkout. These more removed contacts are called weak...
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