strangers, especially strangers who aren't men, don't exist in the world for your entertainment, and chatting them up when they have a limited ability to escape is rude.
The behavioral scientists Nicholas Epley and Juliana Schroeder approached commuters in a Chicago area train station and asked them to break the rules. In return for a $5 Starbucks gift card, these commuters agreed to participate in a simple experiment during their train ride. One group was asked to talk to the stranger who sat down next to them on the train that morning. Other people were told to follow standard commuter norms, keeping to themselves. By the end of the train ride, commuters who talked to a stranger reported having a more positive experience than those who had sat in solitude.
I am generally happy to make small talk with or otherwise entertain small kids, but I don't think that feeling is mandatory, and modeling for children that people who don't comply with them are "monsters" is uncool.
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