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  1. Hey Gabby and Cat Got Your Tongue, some of those people you both disdain might also be called introverts, some might be called shy, and some might have social anxiety. Just appearing in a “social setting” might be a significant step for them, let alone engaging in (often meaningless) social banter. It may be easier for them to respond to questions rather than ask them, and it may be difficult for them to politely disengage from your inquisition. To suggest that it’s some sort of requirement for people at social gatherings to ask questions of strangers — especially when they might not really want to know anything about them — and then to brand it a “psychological flash point” is quite astonishing, presumptuous and mean-spirited. Next time you come across such a person, maybe it’s *you* who needs to graciously disengage and move along.