Train travellers want conversation

25th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2007, UTRECHT – Three-quarters of all train travellers in the Netherlands are curious about the person sitting next to them on the train. More than 60 percent even say they would like to strike up a conversation sometime but find it awkward to do so.

25 May 2007

UTRECHT – Three-quarters of all train travellers in the Netherlands are curious about the person sitting next to them on the train. More than 60 percent even say they would like to strike up a conversation sometime but find it awkward to do so.

Research bureau Motivaction found this in a random survey of more than 500 people. This study into contact among train travellers was commissioned by Douwe Egberts.

According to the study, people are most curious about "their fellow passenger's destination," followed by "where they come from and whether he or she has a partner," the researchers said.

Men in particular want to know whether their fellow traveller is single. Almost 90 percent of people say that they find it awkward to start a conversation with a stranger on the train. But exceptional circumstances, like a delay, can make it easier.

Douwe Egberts wants to get people talking on the train and will therefore be setting up "conversation carousels" at three stations in the Netherlands in the coming week. The rotating carousel means people will be faced with a new conversation partner every three minutes.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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