Why talking to strangers is good for you,
them and all of us.
In childhood, we’re told: “Don’t talk to strangers.”
But this is short-sighted advice because after we finish high school and move out into the world, everyone we encounter is a stranger. And we’re a social species, which means we need each other.
So instead of avoiding strangers, we need to get good at interacting with them, both to get help when we need it and to be of use to them.