I often play as a single, so I enjoy the opportunity to play with others. One course that is five minutes from work though I've learned is not an ideal place to get paired up at, as it's the Florida State golf course, and it attracts a lot of "tourists" who are in town for a game, or whatever and haven't played golf in a year or more, but since they are passing through town they figured what the heck. I had one couple I got paired up with by the starter that thought a Saturday at 1:00 pm on a packed course was the perfect time to play their first round of golf. After holding up about 20 people on the first hole they finally got a clue and let me and everyone else play through. But that's Seminole for you. Lots of college students who drink beer and ride in the cart, where the golf is just a bonus. The course is really slow because of this, and I've mostly avoided playing it for this reason.
However, anywhere else I play is another story. Several local courses I'm often paired up and I usually enjoy the experience. Like mcavoy said, talk all you want, enjoy yourself all you want, but no matter your score, please play ready golf and keep your pace of play up.
I did have one unusual experience a month or so ago at one of the better courses here in Tallahassee. Southwood has members, but does allow public play, and when I get a deal there I'll tee it up. Well, one Sunday afternoon I ended up playing the back nine with two buddies who talked and talked and talked the entire back nine. I was paired up on the first tee with another guy, and because of pace of play we ended up as a foresome. But the guys we started #10 with just couldn't say enough about anything and everything. I'm fine with that honestly as I'd rather have Lee Trevino than Jason Dufner playing with me. But it did get a bit wierd by the 14th hole or so when the guy flat out bluntly said, "Geez, my game sucks so bad today, probably because I'm spending too much time admiring this guy's swing." He was talking about me I guess, but that was awkward. I was actually playing pretty good - one of my mid 70'ish rounds where I was GIR every hole and missing birdie putts.
But you do meet all types on the links. I guess variety is the spice of life, and it does beat playing alone.