By mishie1 - 21/02/2012 12:44 - United States
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Oh, boo hoo. You've gone "months" without a compliment from a guy. Ask the average male how often women compliment him. He'll likely struggle to remember the last time.
I think in general these days people don't really compliment each other but with the internet and its anonymity, insults are flying, so nowadays when we receive a simple compliment we don't know how to react. I was working this weekend. A woman ran up to me and complimented me and my first thought was, "She's buttering me up because she wants something." Ten years ago or so I would have just accepted the compliment but now I think there's an ulterior motive and the reason for that is because I get about 50 emails a day from people, all of them telling me what an asshole I am, how stupid I am, what a poor job I do, I'm ruining their lives and they can't imagine how I am still on the job. The only variation is the people who start off with a compliment, then launch into their request. The compliment was only an effort to get on my good side. At least they know they can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. So nowadays if I hear a compliment I am suspicious or annoyed (oh God, what to they want?) and I think a lot of people feel that way (at least my colleagues do, they have experienced the same phenomenon that I have). It's sad, really.