I’m going to begin with a short story. I have a colleague, I recently greeted her and asked “how are you”, she replied with anger saying, “how are you too? ” like I burnt her. This behaviour was perplexing to me, I asked several people about it.
While some were of the opinion that the lady was just plain rude, others were of the opinion that she found the “how are you?” question as an insult thus bringing about this topic.
I was told different tales and stories where the concept of” how are you? ” was seen as an insult. The set of people that belong to this school of thought, I can’t pretend that I understand them because I really don’t. Apparently more people belong to this school of thought than most.
In my opinion, asking me how I am makes me take note of who I am greeting and the greeting is not just a fleeting “hey” or”hello” that’s just at the tip of anyone’s tongue to say and pass by.
From the little I have been told and I have seen I am of the belief that people that see “how are you? “as an insult believe it is a greeting for younger people or even children so saying that to them makes them think you view them as children or you are looking down on them then it is taken as an insult.
Do you see” how are you” as a greeting for only younger people or for all?
Do you see it as an insult? Why? (I would’ve love to gain more insight on this particular topic).