Why I say ‘please’ to Siri

I say please to Siri.

People question me about it. “She’s a machine, why say please?”

The usual reason we say please to others is that it acknowledges them and it respects their dignity.

But there’s a second reason.

The reason I say please to Siri is because it helps prevent me from becoming entitled. It reminds me to be grateful. It reminds me that time and resources are scarce.

And there’s a third…it’s good practice.

If we bark orders at our phone, I’m sure we’re more likely to bark orders at people. And that’s not cool.