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Quentin Sonrel

For most people it's just basic politeness. In France we greet people with "Bonjour", which translates to "good day", but the person doesn't actually wish you a pleasant day, it's just a polite way to greet people, same goes for "how are you?".

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Then you feel obligated to return the question or appear rude.

That's probably exactly why they ask you in the first place, they don't want to appear rude either.

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Davide de Paolis Author

sure, but he explicitly said, the _automatic "how are you" thrown by people that they don't even listen to your question - btw social convention also implies that you should not start telling the truth - therefore all your problems to anyone asking you -

So - you ask automatically just to not appear rude - but don't care about my answer - that I am not supposed to give you anyhow. why bother then.

Hi!, Hi!.
Goodbye! Goodbye!

Easy.
obviously being kidding. somehow.

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iioaia

I like this reply. I believe it explains clearly the situation, at least in my office.