I wonder if people think they’re being cute/flattering when they make those kind of comments.
I think some do. I think others do it to belittle people. It's so obnoxious. I can't tolerate that cr@p. Have some respect. Why not just say, "May I help you" rather than, "Can I help you, young lady?"
I’m really beginning to miss getting out there and socializing .
Yes, and being able to touch people casually.
FWIW, I’ve done some good outdoor hangouts with 1-2 other people, which helps fill the void a bit. But I have been thinking the past week or so how this is impacting us as creatures who are social. It’s a huge deal, I think, from that perspective.