This is a spin-off to the below post about people not RSVP'ing to children's birthday parties.
This is obviously not a unique problem and I've read dozens of posts about how the host's feelings are more than a little hurt because people can't bother to RSVP to a child's party. What I want to know, is why exactly is this? What causes people to have so little regard for someone else's feelings that they can't bother to take, literally sixty seconds to fire off an e-mail or text message and say " sorry we can't make it? " I don't know, I feel like an RSVP is akin to basic social niceties. Like holding a door open for someone or waving at a neighbor as you drive by. It's simple and doesn't take too much effort. Yet, people rarely do it.
Then, I feel like I'm the rude one when I have to call these people and hound them, trying to pin them down to a definite answer. I don't care of they say no, just speak up and say it already!
So, are there that many rude people in the world or is there a logical explanation? Or do people just not place any value on birthday parties for children anymore? I mean at one time, being invited to a birthday party was a BIG DEAL. You got dressed up, picked out a nice present, and looked forward to it all week. Now kids act like they could care less and parents act as if it's an imposition ( with a huge sigh about how busy their lives are) when their child is invited somewhere and act like I'm the rude one for trying to get them to say yes or no before the day of the party.