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buh byebye

February 9th, 2016 by biscuit

Why haven’t we all learned to sign off phone calls the way people on tv do?

Here’s why I ask: I sign off phone calls the way people on tv do.

Which is to say, when it appears that the conversation is over.

Maybe I do just watch too much tv, but … people on tv don’t say goodbye very often. Here’s a generalized example:

“So, do you want to go out tomorrow night?”

… pause heavy with meaning…


“Good. Tomorrow night it is.”

Both characters hang up their phones and look pleased with themselves. Annnnnd scene.

Not only did they not make a plan regarding where and when they would meet, they also didn’t say goodbye.


Which leads me to believe it’s ok (aside from the obvious lack-of-detail issue), because where are we supposed to learn our social cues from if not popular culture? Established norms? I spit on your established norms.

(I don’t really. I’m kind of all about operating within boundaries, y’all.)

But still. I’ve been seeing it on tv so long that I do it myself. Crockett has called me out on it more than once, but no one else has … so maybe while I’m hanging up without saying goodbye, everyone else is too? Fill me in. Do we say goodbye or do we hang up once all (or most) useful info has been communicated and we’re at a good stopping point?

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2 Responses to “buh byebye”

  1. Carl says:

    See it on TV all the time…. and hate it. No “goodbye” or “see ya”. Just CLICK. Kinda rude says me….

    Almost pushed SEND when it occurred to me that on TV we never see the person at the other end of the line. Maybe THEY said ciao or arrivederci but is that any reason for the first person to not respond? Where is Miss Manners when you need her?

  2. biscuit says:

    Definitely rude, for sure. Counterpoint, though – sometimes goodbyes are hard to stop, right? Like, you say ‘ok talk to you later’ and they say ‘oh yeah but tonight I’ll be at a movie’ and you say ok and they say ‘ok we’ll catch up this weekend’ and you’re like ‘sure ok bye’ and then you go ‘ohohoh sorry I forgot, I’m out of town this weekend – let’s talk next week’ and then what? They say ‘ok bye’ and you say ‘ok bye’? Seems weird.

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