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Turns out nobody knows how long a conversation should last, and we keep talking way longer than we actually want to
We have no idea what someone else is thinking, so we tend to second-guess how long they want a conversation to last. Usually, we've got it wrong.
A study in 2010 found that small talk was bad for our mental wellbeing, but a follow up from the same team suggests that isn't the case. Small talk isn't as important as deep, meaningful conversation, but it isn't exactly bad either.
You need to put in the time.