Seth Stevens exhorts us, via Slate, to eschew saying good-bye in social situations:
We all agree it’s fun to say hello. A hello has the bright promise of a beginning. It’s the perfect occasion to express your genuine pleasure at a friend’s arrival. But who among us enjoys saying goodbye? None among us! Not those leaving, and not those left behind.
Imagine not having to stand around waiting for someone to look at you so that you can say you’re leaving, only to get wrapped up in a conversation which prevents you from leaving. Conversely, imagine hosting a function without having to drop a stink bomb in order to get people to leave.
If we all hate both sides of the equation, why do we put ourselves through it? I’m taking this to heart. No more lame goodbyes.