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December 15th, 2009

The No Response

An odd thing has happened over the past few years, roughly aligning with the rise of social networking. Perhaps due to an overwhelming influx of mass event notifications and hundreds-of-people-large evites, RSVPs seem to be greatly ignored these days.

Ten years ago, you’d send out a note to a couple of dozen friends and be able to expect a pretty good “I’m coming” or “I’m busy” response rate. These days, a non-response/non-acknowledgment can pretty much be assumed to be a “I’m not coming,” as frustrating as that is. The thing is, I’m as guilty of it as anyone, but I still hate that the trend has gone in that direction.

Have you found yourself not even bothing to response to a party evite if you see there are over a hundred people invited? Will you make it a point to respond if it’s one type of event (a New Year’s Eve party) versus another (a lunch get-together at a restaurant)?

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Dave Walls December 17, 2009, 10:21 pm

I’m as guilty as anyone with the “no response”, simply because I hate having to RSVP “no” to something, and getting a guilt trip in response. If I say I’m not coming, (usually) it’s nothing personal, I just can’t make it. Just tired of the guilt trips from certain friends.

One exception: If it’s a wedding or larger event, and I can’t make it, I will RSVP no, no matter what. There’s a lot of money floating around, and I don’t want those persons overpaying for my fish/chicken if I have no intention of attending.

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