At my present job, I have lots of phone conversations with lots of different people at lots of different ages and income levels. I note with much displeasure that well over 50% of those conversations do NOT end with a verbalized conclusion; they end when the other person hangs up. In around half of these cases, "thank you" replaces "goodbye." To me, "thank you" is nice, but should be followed by "goodbye" before hanging up. I'm 32, and I don't think of myself as old-fashioned, but this is driving me batty. And this is NOT, as I would have expected, more common among the young people I speak to. In fact, my experience has been that it's more prevalent in those that are older. And so, I have two questions: (1) Has anyone else noted this phenomonon? (2) What the hell is going on here?! .
CuriousGeorge: What happened to phone etiquette? I remember it being usual say "goodbye" at the conclusion of a telephone conversation.