The physical environment has changed somewhat. Most families have pets probably more than we’ve ever had before. And with that creates pet waste. Everyone considers leaving pet waste on the ground rude and inconsiderate, but this doesn’t stop people from leaving it.
Level of Technology
Technology reigns supreme in our world. And often times it takes precedence over our civility. We’re so preoccupied with our technology, mostly cell phones, that we let them get in the way of our manners. Many complain that often, people use their phones when in conversations, during class, in work meetings, etc. Also, people are more inclined ...view middle of the document...
In the case of families, kids have gotten a bigger role in decisions, etc. This creates talking back when a kid doesn’t agree with a decision, a kid bossing their parents around, having a sense of entitlement, etc. Also, the elderly have had a decreased role in society today. With this, it is common to see people being rude to older people whether it be not giving up a seat on the bus or putting them in retirement homes.
Signs and Symbols
We have become more rude in the way that we show body language. We're more prone to showing how we feel in a rude manner, for example raising an eyebrow when we see something we don't like or approve, rolling our eyes when we don't agree with a decision, even texting when we're in a conversation which shows that we aren't interested in that the other person is saying.
Most psychologists believe that most behavior is learned predominantly in childhood. So the way we learn or don’t learn manners have a major influence on our behavior and our attitudes toward good manners and whether we practice them. Since over time we haven't taken the time out to properly learn manners, people don't know to properly behave themselves and end up being rude. Not because they want to, but because they haven't learned it.
These changes in manners have created some sort of social change in today’s society. Today, we can view kids talking back and texting on cell phones during conversations as normal behavior, whereas in other times it wouldn’t be.