Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Not feeling fictional tonight

I had always thought that it was just a TV thing. On all of these TV shows, people would hang up the phone at the end of their conversations without saying 'goodbye.' I really thought it was just a television thing.

I think I was wrong.

I think it's an American thing. That would be why it always happens on TV.

At work today, I had to make phone calls. It felt like a million phone calls, but it was actually only about 50. In any case, I talked to a lot of people. And only about a half-dozen of them said 'goodbye' at the end of the conversation! Seriously, people? It's a standardized social format, meant to indicate the conclusion of a telephone conversation! Saying 'goodbye' lets the person on the other end of the phone know that you are finished, that you have no other questions or comments, and that you're about to hang up the phone!

'Goodbye' shouldn't be reserved for friends and family, it should be for any phone call, whether it's your doctor's office, a telemarketer, or your grandma. Saying 'goodbye' is just good manners.

*end rant*

In other news, my puppy's ear seems to have recovered - it's back to being perky, and she's not scratching at it any more. Yay! No vet required, although I will continue to keep an eye on her.


Heather said...

It's definitely not just you. I noticed the same thing when I was a receptionist. I'd say I got a "good bye" maybe 10% of the time. It's a strange phenomenon... it's like "business" = "no longer have to follow normal social mores." I dunno.

colbymarshall said...

I always say goodbye...it's weird when people don't, lol!