e Harmony started in 2000, Ok Cupid in 2004, and more recently, a wave of mobile people-swiping apps, like Tinder and Hinge, have become wildly popular.

But is this a positive development or something to be concerned about?

The following is a sample list of topics you can use to fill in the empty places in your conversation.

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It may open up a completely new avenue of conversation for the two of you.

Ultimately, when you are stuck for something to say on the phone, consider just listening.

It may be easier if you have a purpose for the call.

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