No, I am not using a Joey-from-F.R.I.E.N.D.S style pick up line. I am asking, really, how is it going? Do you know? The problem with this question, is that in the big picture sense, you might not know.
Humans are, by nature, nosy – we want to know what others are doing and how that compares to us. This can be seen as an evolutionary trait, enabling us to learn from those around us and use those lessons to adapt what we are doing to survive.