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One in three are ’round-dodgers’

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One in three Brits admit to ‘dodging’ rounds in the pub, a study has revealed. Researchers found millions of drinkers admit to hiding in toilets, sneaking outside for a cigarette or even leaving the pub completely to get out of having to get some drinks in. Others owned up to claiming to have forgotten their [...]


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Community spirit – small talk with neighbours does make us happier

Speaking to our neighbours officially makes us happier, a study has revealed. Research carried out among 2,000 adults found that despite small talk with neighbours not coming naturally for almost half, two-thirds admitted it makes them feel happier. Seven in ten also claim that a simple conversation with a neighbour makes them feel more in [...]


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40% of families have ‘no meaningful conversation’, with sport and reality TV topping current affairs

The average family is more likely to talk about sport and reality TV around the dinner table than politics and current affairs, a study has revealed. Researchers found drivers of conversation in the average British household involve the royal baby, summer heat wave, Andy Murray’s Wimbledon success and the London 2012 Olympics, one year on. [...]


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Merci, Danke and Cheers – now, thank you is ‘too formal’

Brits are more likely to say ‘cheers’, ‘ta’ or ‘that’s great’ than the words ‘thank you’, according to a new study. Researchers found four in 10 people prefer not to say thank you because the phrase is too formal, while 13% deem it as ‘old fashioned’. Instead, Brits are choosing to thank people by saying [...]


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Small talk is dying – because we spend all our time online

Small talk is officially on the way out – as it’s revealed one in five of us haven’t spoken to a stranger in over six months. A study of 2,000 has shown that a surge in online communication has taken over, with one third of people saying the bulk of their communication now takes place [...]


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40% think small talk is ‘pointless’ (and many more comfortable online than in person)

Millions of Brits now prefer to ‘keep themselves to themselves’, and as many as one in five have not spoken to a stranger for over six months, it has emerged. A study into the average person’s social confidence and communication found small talk is fast becoming a thing of the past – as a surge [...]


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