A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 76% of adults say Americans are becoming ruder and less civilized.  A lot of Americans believe that technology is to blame for some of the problem as 57% of adults say it’s rude for someone sitting next to you in public to be talking on their cell phone.  Course, the one that really bugs me is the attendant at the convenience store who looks like you’re bothering them by trying to make a purchase while they’re on the cell phone.  Other findings include:

  • 70% of adults say Americans are ruder to sales personnel or people waiting on them than they were 10 years ago.
  • 61% say sales and service personnel are ruder to customers than they were 10 years ago.
  • 58% of Americans say they have confronted someone over their rude behavior in public.  Americans under the age of 30 are far more inclined to confront someone regarding their behavior compared to their elders.

And I thought I was the only one who thought people had just forgotten how to smile and treat people with kindness.  Guess I was wrong...and they say "acknowledging the problem is the first step."  Now, let's do something about it.

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