Norwich South MP Clive Lewis slammed the "somewhat extreme" response to the badges, adding that it was a "wonderful idea to help breakthrough modern insularity".

"Although the Tube Chat badge sounds like an interesting idea, this isn't an official TfL campaign," a spokesman told Newsbeat.

"We currently only promote two badges to be worn while travelling - our Baby on Board badge and a new trial badge for people with hidden disabilities which encourages passengers to offer those less able to stand a seat."

The backlash to this "unnatural" concept came swiftly on social media, and the response can be summarised concisely with a resounding, "nope." 

And there are so many benefits to small interactions, whether that be on the Tube or actually talking to the person serving you at the checkout instead of heading straight to those self service checkouts – and getting enraged with them.

”Wear the badge to let others know you’re interested. You’ll benefit from a daily chat,” a promotion read.

NHS worker Jonathan Dunne, who is originally from Colorado, explained that giving out the badges to commuters wasn’t quite the friendly experience he had hoped for.

"I'm on the social committee and we tried to do a staff Olympics - you got time off of work - and no-one was interested," he explains.

Unless you’re my mum, in which case you’d begin a conversation with anyone, anywhere for any reason.

Another study, this time in Social Psychological and Personality Science, found that ‘minimal social interactions lead to belonging and positive effect’.

I would look at someone trying to talk to me, avoid eye contact, make a really closed comment and hope they stop talking.

Jonathan says he first came up with the idea a couple of months ago, when an event at work did not go as he had planned.

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Badges for people with disabilities or who are less able to stand, saying “Please offer me a seat”, are also being trialled.

But on the down side, the badges might also encourage men who enjoy trying to talk to women wearing headphones.

This morning, a Londoner took the backlash one step further by producing their own “Shut up” badges, for travellers who have no urge to talk to strangers.

So has the experience put him off giving out more badges? “I think it would be fun to hand them out again,” he says.

“In London people have such barriers, so I decided to hand out the badges. I thought handing out the badges would be a friendly experience but it wasn’t,” he said.

If nothing else, it’s safe to assume the last few days Dunne has spent talking to journalists and keeping up with public reaction have given him plenty to chat about.

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The experiment, well-intentioned though it was, didn’t go down too well with taciturn Brits. Many took to social media to vent their horror at the idea of being forced to chat—or listen to chats—during their commutes:

That’s why Dunne came up with an idea to make Londoners a little more sociable. On Wednesday (Sept. 28), starting at around 7.30am local time, he stood outside one of the exits at Old Street tube station in central London and handed out badges with the words “Tube Chat” in the iconic typeface of the London Underground. The point was to encourage commuters to talk to each other—those open to a chat could signal it by wearing a badge.

Some have kept the message simple, with just “no”, “f**** off” or, the slightly more polite alternative, “don’t even think about speaking to me” written on the Transport for London-style badges.

The designs bear a striking similarity to official 'Baby on Board' badges for pregnant women, but Transport for London said it was not involved in the scheme.

The Tube Chat? pins, worn to show fellow travellers you are interested in talking, have divided commuters more used to silence in Tube carriages - with some taking to social media to slam the "monstrous" idea.

So if you’re a doubter, don’t take a badge, and continue to wallow in your own misery while other people have a bit of fun and get to know people they may one day end up in the sack with.

The people wearing it are those people wanting to engage in conversation, want light relief or want the medical benefit of light interaction (I’ll come on to that later).

A TfL spokeswoman said: “It’s definitely not something we have created. We are trying to get in touch with the people behind them as we never allow people to use our branding unless they have our permission.

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But this badge gives people choices without being stigmatised or without forcing their voice on people.

And when this grandfather was offered an 'elderly seat' on the Tube his response was amazing. 

Why are we so afraid of a badge that allows people in one of the loneliest cities in Europe to speak to each other without judgement, have a happier experience and develop a more positive mindset?

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The man behind a scheme to get more people talking to each other on public transport admits he received a frosty reception from commuters when he attempted to hand out his Tube Chat badges in London.

A TfL spokeswoman said: "This is not an official Transport for London campaign.

It also didn’t take long for an anti-tube chat badge to emerge…

The purpose of these badges is to encourage commuters to give up their seats to other people who may be more in need.

The card handed out to people with the badge tells people they will "benefit from a daily chat".

But Underground passengers reacted with incredulity at the "monstrous" scheme - which many said ran counter to unwritten rules on public transport.