I\u2019m all for free and open communication, and goodness knows we could use more of that in the legislative buildings of Hartford and D.C. these days. However, there\u2019s a reason for the old adage, \u201cSilence is golden.\u201d There are times and places where talking isn\u2019t a good thing.For instance, anything said through a closed bathroom door probably shouldn\u2019t be said at all. There are few things more disconcerting than hearing a disembodied voice in the shower, with the possible exception of someone screaming just outside the shower door because you couldn\u2019t hear them from the other room. It\u2019s also useless to try to communicate while I\u2019m \u201cusing the facilities.\u201d I don\u2019t multitask well, so leave me to finish up my business (in this case, the morning newspaper).Eating cereal is another process that needs to be respected with monastic quiet. While there are savages out there who choose to eat their cereal without milk, most of us realize that the sand starts running out of the hourglass as soon as we pour the milk into the bowl. It\u2019s a race to eat it before while it still maintains that critical crispness-to-wetness ratio. Sure, the top layer might stay crispy for a few \u201cGood mornings,\u201d or the occasional, \u201cDid you see the game last night?\u201d but the bottom of the bowl is going to end up a cold soup of sadness with anything longer.While we\u2019re at it, can we stop talking during movies? At home, we can often pause what we\u2019re viewing to listen to someone. The ability to pause live TV enables one of my few redeeming qualities: I\u2019ll stop right in the middle of a big game just so I can really listen to what my wife is saying. (What she doesn\u2019t know is that this makes it easier when I resume watching because now I can fast-forward through the commercials.)There\u2019s no pause button when you go to a theatre, though it would be nice if there were a mute option. Some people treat a movie as an interactive experience, shouting warnings to the characters on screen as if they could affect the outcome. Others act as if they\u2019re Roger Ebert, alone in the theatre and commenting on the filmmakers\u2019 choices.People also shouldn\u2019t be allowed to chat up the teller at the bank or anyone working at the DMV. No one\u2019s ever happy to be in either line, and pleasantries do nothing but extend that time. All public transactions should occur as if we were in line for the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld.We\u2019d all have a better experience if we learned to rein in our talking. For example, my wife and I have a rule in the car that we pause the podcast before speaking, and neither of us takes a call while we\u2019re driving (not because it\u2019s safe or smart, but because it\u2019s most likely a telemarketer). Another rule is it\u2019s best not to talk to me in the morning; the news about Grandma\u2019s broken hip can wait until lunch. Anyone is free to talk to me while I\u2019m eating a salad or talking to a distant relative who\u2019s asking for money.Humans crave social interaction, and talking to each other is a critical component in maintaining harmony for the community. We just need to do it less.You can read more at RobertFWalsh.com, contact him at RobertFWalshMail@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @RobertFWalsh.