Have you ever had a question enter your brain that consumed you until you figured out the answer? Not complex things like "How does time operate on the event horizon of a black hole?" I'm talking about small things, like "Why doesn't saran wrap cling to things anymore?" or "What does human meat taste like?" or "Can insects get fat?"
My brain is basically Pokemon for inconsequential questions about life. Questions big, small, really small, and so small that they probably weren't worth looking up to begin with. Strangely, I often find that those questions yield interesting answers nonetheless. For instance ...
5Why Don't Fictional Characters Say Goodbye When They Hang Up A Phone?
A huge majority of movie and TV characters are presumptuous jerks whose arrogance is so potent that they assume they know exactly when a phone call has ended. They don't give the slightest of shits about confirming that a conversation is over. They just hang up without saying goodbye, probably in a pathetic attempt to reclaim some kind of upper hand against everyone they speak to. Here's a whole montage about it:
That's nearly three minutes of characters leaving people on the other line wondering if the person they were talking to was silently murdered. If someone was persistent or insane enough, that video could have been 200 hours long without ever using the same scene twice. This trope so consistently shows up in movies and TV shows that there has to be a legitimate reason for it, because right now, the only reasoning I have is that screenwriters are secretly telling us the characters we're supposed to empathize with are actually inconsiderate dicks. Since that can't possibly be right, why do so many characters refuse to say goodbye?
The answer can be summed up in a single word: efficiency.
A lot of screenwriters so strictly adhere to the idea that every word in the script must push the story and character development ahead that even little things like saying goodbye at the end of a phone call get sacrificed in the name of keeping the story moving ahead as smoothly as possible. "Every word in your script should mean something and move the story along," said one screenwriter, adding that leaving in little conversational buffers like "goodbye" can make a script sound "amateurish." To me it seems more amateurish to leave a small hole in the script that lets audiences think that the main character is a rude shitheel. The tradeoff doesn't seem worth it, especially when the thing being sacrificed isn't gonna stop the narrative momentum dead in its tracks.