Small talk

A menudo me encuentro en determinados lugares (en el ascensor, kiosko, super, etc… ) charlando con desconocidos con los cuales me veo casi en la obligación de intercambiar algunas palabras sin mucho sentido ni objetivo, charlas acerca del clima, el partido de fútbol, la utilidad o no utilidad de algún elemento (especialmente en el supermercado o ferretería) en fin… sobre una infinita lista de cosas.

Hasta hace un tiempo cada vez que terminaba alguna de esas charlas me preguntaba qué sentido tenían, si probablemente a mi interlocutor no la vuelva a ver, ni le interese mi opinión e incluso, muchas veces, ni siquiera le diga mi opinión real sino más bien una versión adaptada a lo que se que la otra persona quiere escuchar. Por ejemplo si me encuentro en el  ascensor con alguien que me dice que hace frío, hay una probabilidad de 99%  de que les responda que efectivamente está helado, osea… un real desperdicio de saliva y tiempo. No me quedaba claro por qué lo hacemos, es a caso tan incómodo quedarse callado? o es que la gente siente la necesidad de expresarse sin objetivo?

Pensando sobre el tema me vino a la mente que el idioma inglés llama a esta actividad «small talk»  y según dicen los angloparlantes sirve para rellenar esos incómodos espacios vacíos que dejan ciertas situaciones, incluso se dice que es de buenas costumbres realizar esta charla. Creo que el idioma español no tiene una frase que la describa y eso que se hace todo el tiempo.

Después de analizarlo un poco cambié de opinión (sí, cambio de opinión) creo que el «small talk» como dicen los angloparlantes puede  llegar a ser útil para romper el hielo, iniciar alguna charla que vaya uno a saber en donde termina o por el simple hecho de dejar contenta a la señora que no tiene con quién hablar en la parada del ómnibus,  a ese vecino solitario o simplemente para alegrar el ambiente … y como lo dice un gran filósofo contemporáneo » si es rápido y es gratis entonces why not?».


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