[LISTEN] Is it important to ask: how are you?

How are you?

Does this question annoy you or does it show acknowledgement from the person asking?

The Openline was abuzz on the Eusebius McKasier show as the first caller says it's annoying to hear people asking how are you all the time.

I love 702 and I have been listening for years but there is one thing that drives me crazy and that is people asking how are you? Just get to the point. It is very tedious to listen to.

Gae, Caller

I'm conflicted about this and there is part of this that has to do with decency. For me it's a case of this person is using an opener to a dialogue that is natural in terms of how we are socialised.

Eusebius McKasier, Show host

The whole thing about greeting is in three folds. Number one, it is cultural and I always find that culturally black people do it more often than anybody else. Secondly; I think people are nervous when they call in on the open line. Lastly, When you Eusebius says 'I'm fine' then I know you are having one of those days.

Sham, Caller

From an Afrikaans point of view, it's also a sign of respect.

Karen Caller

It has changed my life in the last couple of years since I caught on to this heartfelt deep African courtesy of saying: Hello, how are you? Be nice and run the day of someone who is stuck up.

Vivian, Caller

Well, the conversation didn't just end there, Twitter users also shared the views on this daily question.


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