Small talk is essentially useless. Hi, how are you? Fine. How are you? Fine. What have you been up to? Nothing much. What have you been up to? Nothing much.
That was just 30 seconds out of my life that was wasted. Instead, I think that our every day lives would be more meaningful if we all tried to answer more honestly. When you actually take a few seconds to answer someone with a real answer it is actually amusing. People are so used to scripted responses that they don’t know what to say when you give a real answer. Now, we are all guilty of doing it and I am no exception but it just takes constant practice to break the habit of the mundane useless drivel we have all become used to.
Try it for yourself. Ditch the small talk, give real answers and see what happens.