Things I wish existed: An awkwardness meter HUD

Have you ever been in a situation when you are interacting with someone, either face to face, via the internet (chat, email, video call, etc.), via your phone or even via normal mail, and then they start to act as if they were weirded out and only later you realise that what you said was probably really awkward?

No? Well okay then,that was a short post! I hope you enjoyed it and have a nice…….

Okay, in all seriousness, I’m sure there are a number of you who, like me, have been in that kind situation. But, I also know that people are willing to forgive a little bit of awkwardness, and that is why I wish there was such a thing as an awkward meter HUD; that way you could gauge how awkward a situation is, right from the get go and try to save it before things get too awkward. But the HUD would also have to have additional functions like dialogue options to help lower the awkwardness, plus those dialogues would have to fit the situation. Why? Because knowing me, even if I knew the situation was awkward, I’d just say something more awkward and make the situation worse.

I mean, try to imagine this scenario. Your friend convinced you to go to a party they’re going for, but you don’t know anyone else. Your friend has to leave you alone since they need to go be a host, leaving you to mingle with a bunch of strangers.

You look around and find the friendliest person in the room and you decide to talk to them. You start talking and things seem okay, but then you say something dumb like, “I like to collect owl figurines.”

That’s a weird thing to say and may make the situation awkward, but thankfully the awkwardness HUD shows me that it isn’t too awkward and it gives me dialogue options that will help me. Like maybe one of the options says, “Sorry, meant figurines from around the world. One of them is from Australia and is shaped like a tiki statue.”

Now you can start moving the conversation to what Australia is like and maybe about other places you’ve visited in your life.

See problem solved, and I never would have thought of it under normal circumstances.

Too bad, we can’t really make something like that. Guess I’ll just have to bumble through life like I always have. Oh well.

Anyways, that’s it for this blog post, for real this time. I hoped you liked it and I hope you have a good day ahead.

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