Our expert says:
I notice an inceasing number of people like this --- I think they see "How are you" as the words of a greeting, but not as a question, so they don't expect any answer. And Purple has noticed the other aspect of this, which is epidemic --- they respond " FIne and You" when you say hello, and before you have asked how they are !
And if you actually stopped them and told them how you were, they'd be astonished, and perhaps bored. Until she notices, continue not responding in any way.
Just to amuse myself, I try variations in responding. Usually, to "How Are You?" I respond : "I haven't decided yet", and that stops surprisingly many people in their tracks. Or one can try " You mean apart from having the Plague ? "
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