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Right speech - Idle chatter vs socializing
I'm rather perplexed. When Buddha taught to abandon idle chatter in Right speech, does it include the lay people as well or only in monastic life?
I believe that we're social beings who find great joy in socializing and connecting with others, yet I find it contradicting with abandoning idle chatter according to Right speech.
What exactly is idle chatter? How should a lay person avoid or be careful in terms of having idle chatters out in social settings?