Miss Manners is an advice column which is carried in more than 200 newspapers worldwide, in which Judith Martin (the writer of the column) answers etiquette questions contributed by her readers and writes short essays on problems of manners, or clarifies the essential qualities of politeness. Here are questions and answers found in the Washington Post.
Have people today forgotten about manners, etiquette and politeness? In the online community we live in, where we are just sitting in front of out computer screens instead of in front of an actual person; do we forget that manners still apply? Or do we think we can say anything we want, no matter how rude or sarcastic because we hide behind a certain anonymity? We may have some personal information and the best pictures of ourselves online, but that is not the person we really are.
People are no longer polite when driving! It seems to me that people are more and more aggressive on the roads. I think it's that anonymity again. The cities we live in no one knows our cars and therefore we think we can be rude and aggressive and get away with it.
I even see this more and more in person too. I increasingly see people being rude or obnoxious to a stranger or making some downgrading remark about someone even when the person is within hearing range. I am amazed at how rude some people are!
Have y'all thought about this? Have y'all noticed how rude people can be? I know some may say it's just funny sarcasm, but I'd rather people just be genuine and be nice!