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These Foolproof Ways To Break An Awkward Silence Are So Necessary IRL

I'm an awkward person. I know it may come as a surprise that someones who writes on the internet for a living in an awkward person, but I am telling you the truth here. Just last week a friend of mine was telling me about the hard time she is going through and I responded by making farting noises. I thought it would cheer her up, but it did not work.

We then sat in silence for a good while, both of us unsure of what to say next. I made the first move and made a mistake. Again, it turns out farting noises was not the way to move the conversation going, especially when she was upset at all those other farting noises.

I was feeling bad about it afterwards and texted her to apologize, or at least that is what I tried to do. I got bored part way through and ended up sending poop emojis which she correctly read as farting noises.

She's not talking to me now. But if you check out the following highlights from AskReddit's recent thread for people's go-to ways to break awkward silences, you might have better luck than I did. After all, life is awkward enough as it is: It never hurts to know some tried and true transitions to get conversations back on track.

01
Same as always, regrettably.
02
They're okay.
03
No one knows how to answer
04
An interesting moral dilemma
05
Tell me more
06
...
07
Why has no one ever used this before?
08
Enough
09
This is important to ask, silence or not.
10
Pretty sure this would create more silence
11
Don't even joke about this
12
Well, not any more
13
It'd be close. That's for sure.
14
The answer is obviously, yes. Boring question!
15
I've heard this countless times
16
This is a toughie
17
Um, no.
18
Ladies love hearing this story
19
Someone watched La La Land
20
Uh, she didn't.
21
Subtle
22
My hobbies include fighting horses and ducks
23
Fight! Fight! Fight!
24
No.
25
Yes.
26
This one is actually good.
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