The death of small talk

How to perfect a 'dying' art form

Have you ever walked in to a corporate event filled with dread, worrying what you're going to say to all those strangers? You're not alone. Recent studies suggest the rise in the use of smartphones and similar gadgets are kiling small talk, which can present several problems in the workplace.

While some may argue small talk is a waste of time, it can kick-start great relationships, personal or professional. So we conducted some research, spoke to a handful of experts, and visualised the struggle we have with communication in this day and age.

Discover whether people really are concerned about the extinction of small talk, and learn easy ways to start productive conversations with our tips.