These were the sorts of interactions I was socialized into as a girl. It was awkward. I wondered if he wanted to build a home with me. We communicate through our devices and over social media more than we talk in person, so when we do talk in person we often struggle with grasping the feelings behind certain types of verbal and non-verbal communication. What if I, in my early 20s, was about to be thrust into a place full of middle-aged people?
Fast-forward to two days later. You're both shutting down. Instead of gabbling to fill every awkward silence, I resolve to practise the power of keeping schtum.