I have noticed a new greeting here in London, especially applicable while in transmit. When you phone someone, you greet them with “hellowhereareyou?”. This is across all cultures and tube stations.
Why are we fixated with the person’s geographical placement? Is this due to landlines with fixed office and home numbers, thereby by default (most of the time) when you phone someone, you know where the person is?
Do you say this when dialing via landlines, or during any other occassion? For example, you are at home, relaxing, you phone your friends, and start the conversation with “<greeting>”?
And what about Skype-ing? Do I need to know where you are when I skype you? Why not?
Do people in other geographies start conversations in this manner?
Is this an improvement of Alexander Bell’s greeting?
Is this really the reason why we phone other people – to find out where they are? Is this what human conversation is all about/reduced to?
Lastly, is this a comparison in that the grass is greener on your side or my side, depending on who is in the better where?