"Saying hello could be a subject for a law suit in this day and age", the instructor insisted in one of my English communication classes long time ago. We students replied, "Ahhhhhh" in disbelief. "But look around you, how many people in this class said 'hi' to each other since it began two weeks ago without a sense of doubt whether the person in going to take it as a mere hello or not?" our instructor asked us. I thought about it long and hard. Not very many of us said, "hello" to our fellow students comfortably. Is it true than, that greeting a person for courtesy could be taken wrong? Could be.
So much has changed in the way people interact with each other over the past decade or two. Interactions between people are not appreciated as they used to be. The days of law suits came almost unnoticed into our daily lives. When a person walks by another person they hardly nod their heads in acknowledgment for the other anymore. People don't smile at each other in the malls or shopping centers. In work places the "good mornings" or "good evenings" are often said out of fear that not doing so might indicate a negative attitude in the work environment but these greetings do not come from the heart. People smile at each other in meeting places but there is no genuine feeling expressed. It almost feels like attaching a fake mustache to a naked face. So in today's society every single action on behalf of a person needs to be taken carefully as not to offend the others or create a problem leading to a totally different reaction on the other party's side.
It used to be everybody greeted everybody without fear of rumors being generated. Now when a male says, "hello" to a female with a smile ten brows raise behind the scene. There must be something going on here. Genuine friends cannot be seen together without people drawing meanings out of their relationships. Two same gender people cannot sit and chat without being suspected of another kind of relationship. Boy friends are not friends who are boys any more, they are "boy friends".