‘None of your business’ is a legitimate reason

When people are forced into a sensitive or private matter, there must be respect for their reasons of avoiding the topic.

Karen Gao

When people are forced into a sensitive or private matter, there must be respect for their reasons of avoiding the topic.

Karen Gao, Staff Writer

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Asking a seemingly harmless question can be met with the response, “It’s none of your business.”

Many find it rude or offensive to be met with such an answer to a prying inquiry. However, there is a reason to use this colloquial phrase.

People often pry into another person’s sensitive topic or subject without realizing it; whether it be due to unfamiliarity with that individual or just the information being part of the other person’s private matters.

There is no simple solution to avoiding this dilemma, as many possible responses to the question just do not work. One can vaguely comment that the topic is a private matter or that they are not comfortable with the discussion’s direction due to personal reasons. However, some people continue to pry for no real reason.

Perhaps people have become much more nosy in recent years or they have an urge to know out of human curiosity. Regardless, if people are so adamant on safeguarding their right to privacy, then they cannot be hypocritical by insisting that others divulge their private matters.

Privacy is a right that people hold dearly and are extremely defensive of, especially in the modern age of technology intruding on many people’s personal lives.

In a study done by Stanford University, even the phone calls of average American citizens can provide a large amount of information. From the sample calls, researchers could procure personal information about the caller’s life. Even something as minuscule as phone calls can reveal much about a person and their private life.

When someone affirms that something is a private matter, or that they are not comfortable with the topic, then people need to back off. It is their own natural right and that must be respected for the argument for privacy to uphold in any manner.

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