Hospitalitygirl has said it all perfectly!!!!!
Hospitalitygirl has said it all perfectly!!!!!
Entitlement increased rudeness. When you're not taught how to behave and how to carry yourself, you're not going to act right or be decent to others. I'm a young dude and I don't act like that nor do many people I know so it's not a generational thing.
It's a combination of many factors.
Oh and anybody trying to counter with "people have always been *ssholes, old people are rude, etc" might want to remember that there are different kinds of rude. There's entitled rude, and then there's no-nonsense rude. Most old Philly-area people are no-nonsense rude. People expect them to be all warm and cuddly because they're old but people don't change just because they get older. You don't lose your edge or your backbone or your demeanor when you lose your hair or your hearing.
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I have a friend that is glued to his. We often go out to eat and i make him either turn it off or put it away, otherwise he'll keep texting or emailing while we're talking and that's just rude. I see people at dinner with eachother doing that all the time, it makes no sense. some people don't even like talking on the phone but only text.
ACCEPT on the bus... or train... then it's all "baby-daddy" drama or **** this and **** that at the top of their lungs. I have no shame in changing seats and do so frequently.
"If you're going to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh; otherwise they'll kill you."
- attributed to both George Bernard Shaw & Oscar Wilde
"I never clean up after my dogs, because I have trained them to run with me off leash while I ride my bike the wrong way on the sidewalk."
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How to start an argument online. (Or off line.)
1. Express an opinion.
Old people aren't necessarily ruder, but some people do seem to get more argumentative as they age. I should know as someone who lives in the Northeast, which is basically a naturally-occurring retirement community.
Anyway, in this city, you should count yourself lucky to get through the day without getting mugged or shot. Forget about rudeness! Haha.
When it comes to things like smart phones and new technology, I don't think its inherently related to rudeness, but that we haven't yet attributed any rules of etiquette surrounding these new things. There are several funny books about manners for the new millennium, including how rude it is to talk to your kid's soccer coach from the bathroom stall.
Turn on the Lights at Market East!
@mrwrightnow1: Mayor we need to get a campaign on littering in this city?
@Michael_Nutter: We have one...Unlitter Us spoken word artists
Obviously it isn't working.
Without a doubt, drivers in this area can definitely be rude, but that doesn't mean the people in general are rude. Either way, I'd rather be around "rude", direct people than "polite", catty, fake people any day of the week.
Here is something my wife and I notice pretty consistently: when passing people going in the other direction on a narrow sidewalk, most of the time we are the ones who yield, and some of the time we are made to walk into the street to avoid bumping into someone. Nobody gets out of the way. Not even a slight turn of the shoulder. Same deal at the ballpark: everyone seems only interested in getting where they're going quickly, with no regard for others around them. Add alcohol to that mix and it's worse.
But in my opinion, to call this behavior rude implies that there is some animosity or intent. What I see is something mentioned upthread: a lot of obliviousness. I get impatient and sometime upset, but then I remember that the idiot in front of me at the coffee shop isn't conversing on her cell phone at an inappropriate volume to annoy me. She is simply unaware that her behavior is boorish and annoying, and that's her problem, not mine.
They know it's rude, just like they know not to call me before I've had my morning coffee. (I'm such a bitch)
Camera photos, ok. I can deal with that.
It's common courtesy, of course.
In response to the OP, have you noticed that people talk louder even when they're not on cell phones? Could it be because they're so used to it from the cells that it carries over into person to person conversations?
That's how it works in Europe, Canada, the West Coast, the Midwest, the South, and really every other place that's so well-known for its "politeness".
People who don't know any better or are ashamed to be American think Europeans are these "refined, polite, wonderfully superior" people. It's all we ever hear about, just like all we ever hear about around here is how rude we are compared to those "refined, polite, wonderfully superior" people in California and on the West Coast, in the Midwest, in the South, and in Canada.
Don't make assumptions. You know what happens when you assume.