Study: Saying ‘Thanks’ Not Necessary Outside Of U.S.

An international research team studied expressions of gratitude, and discovered people say, “Thank you,” far less than expected, especially when dealing with those closest to them, like friends or family members. The research also showed there were interesting differences between eight languages. For instance, those who spoke English offered thanks nearly 14.5 percent of the time, compared to an average of just 5.5 percent for all other languages. Italian speakers were second, at 13.5 percent, but of the languages studied, Polish speakers were the lowest, saying thanks just two percent of the time. The results don’t measure rudeness, so to speak, as much as the fact that members of a family situation make requests of others about once every 1.5 minutes, usually met with a yes reply. There was rarely a “thanks” offered, but it was also rare that the other people were offended or even noticed it.