Whilst reading thru cnn.com's headlines I came across an article called Unhappy? Maybe it's too much small talk.
"Experts found that the happiest people in the study engaged in only one-third as much small talk as the unhappiest participants. Happy people tended to have twice as many substantive conversations, and spent 25 percent less time alone, than the unhappiest participants."
This "study" makes complete sense my only issue is why is money being spent on small talk research? Of course small talk is annoying, it's small talk!
Stop studying small talk! Focus on the important issues. Focus on curing cancer, Aids and women's facial hair.