I work in a market research firm now. I call people's houses and ask them if they'd like to do a survey to help us out, that it'd take about 10 minutes of their time, and for some reason that makes so many people so angry.
Well, we're real people, we don't just get out kicks sitting around calling people and doing research for some political party or something. It's what we do for a living, it's how we make money. You have no idea how good a feeling it is to actually talk to someone who's sympathetic of your situation and doesn't think TEN MINUTES of their time is a huge sacrifice.
Once you've been on the inside, you become a lot more sympathetic. What's the big deal? If it's telemarketers selling something, politely decline. If it's a survey, just help these people out sometime and actually take their survey. You might not realize it (because we're not supposed to influence the survey by engaging in personal conversation), but on the other end of the line it's a huge sigh of relief by someone who's been trying for an hour or so just to get someone on the phone.
It's a nice thing to do for someone. Not just the gigantic heartless company that's paying for the research, but for the actual person on the phone. Listen to what they have to say, maybe.
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley
[This message has been edited by Local Parasite (07-03-2003 12:36 PM).]