Asking for Directions? Emailing ‘Thank you?’ It’s Rude (New York Times)

Evidently, the ubiquitous use of smartphones has made old-fashioned courtesies obsolete, claims The New York Times. “Really, who sends an e-mail or text message that just says ‘Thank you’? Who leaves a voice mail message when you don’t answer, rather than texting you? Who asks for a fact easily found on Google? Don’t these people realize that they’re wasting your time?” rants NYT‘s Nick Bilton. He asks, at what point does appreciation and showing appreciation outweigh the cost?


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  2. Mike Coster '57 says:


    what’s wrong with manners ??
    Mike Coster—-’57

  3. James A Pierce says:

    Since when has saying or e-mailing “Thank you ” being rude? And when does some twerp on the New York Times bcome a social arbiter?

  4. John Carter says:

    I am with Mike.
    Besides, I don’t want to visit the cemetery and see my grandmother’s grave showing signs of a rotating vault down below.


  5. Al DeMoya, '72 says:

    Second James Pierce

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