It happens quite often when I sit with a group of friends, hanging out…but we aren’t really hanging out.. We’re all looking at the screens on our phone. It happened to me once where it was with my cross country team and all we did was sat their staring at our video, or game, etc. I personally don’t like it once I come to the realization of it but I too am guilty of it. It’s at those times where I think to myself, “What has come of this generation?.. What are we doing just sitting here, on our phones, and not having an actual conversation?” That’s when I make my attempt at trying to break the silence.
“So guys, what’s for practice today?..”
“40 minute run.”
“Cool,” I reply, “So….”
At that point I knew this conversation was to heavy to carry and that they didn’t really care to even reply. My attempt at trying to get a conversation going so that we didn’t sit their in silence failed. So, I looked to come up with ways to be able to break the awkward silence in conversations. Here are some tips and tricks for breaking the awkward silence and to get your friends to put away their phones:
Jokes and Riddles!
Jokes and riddles are a great way to get people to stop looking at their phone. When you ask them a question it gets them involved to what you’re saying and think about an answer. They get a laugh out of it, and everyone enjoys. Often times when you start off with a joke, your friends start telling their jokes and a solid conversation is going.
Here are some of my favorite jokes and riddles. Watch yourself, these will definitely make you think…
Q: Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the tallest mountain in the world.
A: Mt. Everest.
Q: Mary’s father has 5 daughters – Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the fifth daughters name?
A: If you answered Nunu, you are wrong. It’s Mary!
Show a Video
If you can’t stay off your phone at least use it WITH the group. Do something together like watch a video. If you’ve seen any funny videos or videos that you like, share it with the group. If it’s funny you’ll all get a laugh out of it. My favorite funny video is on the Youtube channel about this soccer play. It left me in complete tears because it was so ridiculous.
Another way to utilize your phone in group hangouts if you really can’t stay off it is play an app game. There are a lot of trivia games that can be more fun than you think. It involves the group and brings excitement when the answer is revealed. Also, you can play games like Truth or Dare, or 21 Questions, that involve the entire group.
Here are just some of the many fun activities that you can do to be an icebreaker in a group hangout. I know these awkward moments happen very often for everyone and I hope just these few methods can go a long way.