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I've Wondered About This

The other day, someone in my office was slightly offended that I didn't call her back. She had left a message on my cell phone to alert me to a huge traffic jam on 287 since she knew I was headed to Fort Worth. I appreciated the call, but she wanted to know why I didn't call her back.

I told her it was the type of phone call that didn't require a return call. What was I supposed to say? "Got your message. Thanks." Yeah, that would have been polite but isn't that a waste of time?

Which gave rise to the above question today on a computer/life productivity site called LifeHacker. If you ask a question via email and get a response, do you type a one word email of "thanks" and hit reply? Unless someone has gone to a heck of a lot of trouble to find an answer for me, I don't. And I know I'm a good person. My therapist tells me so.


wordkyle said...

Only if you want to be polite.

mzchief said...

Would you say "thanks" if you were HANDED or TOLD the information in PERSON? Incidentally, "thanks" for WHAT? I was taught you ALWAYS offer "thanks" for SOMETHING.
Thank you for your help.
Thank you for thinking about me.
Thank you for your time.

Typically, a "thank you" takes less time to give than the EFFORT the person you are thanking took to do YOU the favour/kindness.

Anonymous said...

Only if you further want to clog the internet and the person's email box. Waste of time.

bgirl said...

I suppose most forms of etiquette could be seen as a waste of time.

Wow, that sounded very Mom-like.

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Anonymous said...

Yes you should take the five seconds to say thanks! It is polite and people are more likely to do something for you or think of you again. I mean really how long does it take to type 5 letters and hit the reply button?