We do not need to communicate novel ideas in order to engage socially. Often we use language to reinforce our current standing in the world and to reaffirm having something in common with others. One of the great things about reddit is that I found out how many idiots just like me are out there which was very reassuring. I am saying that about reddit with affection as I have learned a lot about the world and myself through that little social media folly.
/u/Prince_Jellyfish on the purpose of small talk. (reddit.com): https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/3ss8oz/people_with_high_social_skills_whats_the_biggest/cx02xgd
[–]Prince_Jellyfish 2689 points 6 months ago*x3: This will get buried, but I'll say it anyway in hopes that someone will find it useful:
Solidarity talk: http://grammar.about.com/od/rs/g/Solidarity-Talk.htm
Fresh off the presses - a great thread on reddit that shuttered my own Tuesday feelings of self-importance. If atoms are 99% 'empty space', how big would the universe be if we compressed every atom down to it's most space efficient arrangement, essentially leaving no space between particles?: https://www.reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/4mvupc/if_atoms_are_99_empty_space_how_big_would_the/
"...We are more like disturbances in the cosmic pool of probability and causation.." literally blew my Tuesday mind, I am gonna try and make it to the weekend without going insane.