Social skills for autonomous people: Response to an ask about money talk


Why is asking about money rude?

I get why asking someone randomly is rude, but why is it rude if it’s got to do with the conversation? On a tv show someone wanted to buy something really expensive and someone else asked how they could afford it, and another person said it was rude.


There’s also a cultural element to it — the dominant US culture has a bit of a taboo regarding discussing money openly. It often confounds visitors, immigrants and people who don’t share that culture, since it’s not a universal thing.

Yes, that is true. It’s not just the US, but it’s not universal either.