This might apply to other people with boring jobs or who are studying similar "turn off" subjects, but I created this thread because I am studying computer science. Whenever I meet someone and they ask me what I'm studying, when I reply with computer science, there is pretty much only one thing that happens:
They reply with 'oh' or repeat the subject name and have a look behind the eyes that says they no longer want to be talking to me, or that it sounds incredibly boring/nerdy. They also look like they have no idea what to say next, and generally they don't. It's an effective conversation killer.
The exception is of course when I meet another computer scientist or related course.
So what is a better (or even witty) way to answer this question?
I was reading a book that said you should try to give the other person material to work with to continue the conversation (it was talking about when you say your job but it still applies). But the examples it gave were basically giving more information about the job in case the other person can pick up / relate to any of it. I presume everyone knows what computing is about, so what else can I say about it? Anyway, I'd rather make it sound more exciting, or give a funny reply or something? I just don't want to see that look in their eyes.