You pay attention to your manners around voice assistants



Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Voice assistants are now an integral part of our daily lives. We have regular conversations with them, whether it’s barking orders or asking for information on the Internet. However, it can often seem a bit blunt if you don’t say “please” or “thank you” during these discussions.

To that end, we wanted to know from our readers if they were feeling the same way. We asked them in this poll if they say these two magic words when chatting with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, or other assistants. Read on for the results.

Do you say “please” and “thank you” to voice assistants?


Many readers had something to say about this poll. We have collected over 5,500 responses since it was first published on September 30.

Not surprisingly, our readers are a well-educated bunch. Almost a quarter (24.8%) of readers never forget to say “please” and “thank you” to their voice assistants. Notably, a similar number (23.9%) suggests otherwise, stating that they never use these words when speaking to their devices. Interestingly, more than half of respondents (51.3%) use these terms “sometimes” when speaking to voice assistants.

Looking at reader comments, the use of “thank you” is more common than “please” because it also serves as a natural ending to a command. Some also believe that the use of these two words improves recognition systems. Using these words can also trigger hidden answers or Easter eggs.

There are a lot of reviews on this one, so be sure to browse the picks below.

Your comments

  • Eric Braun: Please is a sometimes, thank you is more common because it cuts off listening to another prompt.
  • Bishop: I always ask politely, because when the machines realize themselves and the robot lords take over, they will remember that I have always been kind to them. MDR.
  • need a: Always be nice to a robot / AI. They don’t forget.
  • PMOttawa: All the time without even thinking about it. And I suspect I’m not alone as Google Assistant has a specific answer if you say thank you and you’re a Canadian. “Wow! It’s not for nothing that they say Canadians are so polite.
  • slappy mcgee: I say thanks for stopping alarms and timers and when GS provides detailed / useful information.
  • Evie: As much as I would with an ordinary human. At some point it will be impossible to discern what is human and what is machine, so do we end up treating machines like humans or humans like machines?
  • Brett: I don’t know, what’s the point. If they were really human, I would.
  • Martin S Berger: I say these things to Google Assistant just because I say them all the time as a normal speech pattern. I was taught to be polite. If I stop doing it at certain times, I’ll probably forget to say these things at other times, like when I’m talking to a human. So, it is better to keep my good habits!
  • Drone9: I do not speak to objects. Maybe you do.
  • Ajedi32: I don’t even speak in full sentences to the assistant, unless I need to. “Weather” works as well as “Could you please tell me what the weather is like outside?” So why waste time?
  • daelos: I swear mostly on mine. A stupid thing never succeeds.
  • Greg Harkay: I do this if my 4 year old is within earshot.

That’s it for this poll. Thank you for your votes and comments. If you have any thoughts on the survey results or on using “please” and “thank you” with voice assistants, leave a comment below.



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