Mhhh, that actually makes a lot of sense. But it really doesn't help my cause of "not being weird" that I can't (or is it "don't want to"?) chat worth a damn. The digital age has made me not talk about stuff I don't care about because time and attention is limit, but amount of possible distractions is infinite. And if I can choose, pointless banter is not a distraction I want to follow up on. (except with certain people I know and love where it's more a game ) ;p
I am not on the verge of nervous breakdowns ever in social situations but I really don't enjoy whenever I am put in a room with strangers. It's why I often time my dentist appointments so that I can go there with a friend or family member. (Ok, I guess that is another problem entirely, dentists hehe).
But then, I do enjoy my life. So I figure "ah whatever" and just live how I want.