The end of good manners?

23 Nov

Something happened recently that reminded me of the lack of manners eversince mobile devices dominate our lives.

Looking for a flat or a flatmate or perhaps tenants is a stressful time for both parties. I spent the end of last year looking for a flatmate and it baffled me that nowadays people don’t care about manners. I put my email and/or number up on the ad, and all they were bothered to ask was “Is the room still available?” and sometimes they didn’t even make a complete sentence! About 90% of the time they didn’t even say “Hi”, and only 2 of them bothered to ring me, the rest were text messages and emails.

Why are people not bothered with introductions these days? It’s a little effort (and basic manners) that goes a long way. When I went looking for a flat, I wrote them a formal and polite email because sometimes I cannot ring them, and when I could ring them, I would have begun with an introduction (my name) and how I came across their advert. I would NOT even think about texting them!  I found texting is very rude.

Quite frankly I don’t care if I get less responses to my ad if I put “phone calls only” or perhaps add “email” to it too, on the condition that their emails are decent and polite. I’d choose not to respond to rude emails only containing one sentence without introduction. Who are you and why should I respond to you and show you my living space, if you didn’t even bother to introduce yourself to a potential flatmate? I want a polite person to live with, not some rude random person who is not decent enough to say hello.

Then there is that “cost” factor when it comes to phone calling. Well, there’s the option of email, isn’t there? But put your best effort in it, not some lazy rude txt language kind of email that doesn’t even make a sentence that makes any sense at all! If the cost of phone calling is too much, then don’t bother, I find that if they can afford to pay rent, no matter how much it is, they can afford a 49c a minute phone call, if they can’t afford that, then the next question is, can I rely on them to pay rent on time? Of course the landlord would demand automatic payment but that’s beside the point. The point is, this person would be sharing a living space with me, I have to deal with him/her every day, so I want to make sure they are polite, reliable and not leave all the cleaning to me.

So there’s my rant for today.


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Posted by on November 23, 2010 in Attitude


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