When Clarisse and Montag meet early in the novel, they have a long conversation about sociality and what young people talk about. Clarisse contends that ideas about sociality are upside down in her teen culture. Teens get together, she says, but don't talk about anything of interest. She mentions that she is the one who is called anti-social, but, in fact, believes it is her peers who are. She says:
"Social to me means talking about things like this." She rattled some chestnuts that had fallen off the tree in the front yard. "Or talking about how strange the world is."
She criticizes her peers for their conformity in conversation, saying they all talk about the same things over and over: cars, clothes, and swimming pools. Their emphasis is on the shallow and materialistic, subjects Clarisse finds boring.
Clarisse goes on to say that her teenaged schoolmates are so tired and bored by the end of the school day by being run through meaningless activities that they want to let out their aggressions, not in conversation, but in the Fun Park where they can "bully people around" or "break windowpanes."
Clarisse is the odd person out with no friends because she enjoys asking questions and having meaningful conversations about life that delve beneath the surface. She also enjoys taking walks and discussing nature.
Clarisse reveals that she lives in a society that is badly out of sorts. Teenagers are growing up without meaningful content in their lives. Their conversations show they are discouraged from thinking.