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Have young people forgotten their manners?

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Have young people forgotten their manners? by Cristina Nuta -

One comment that is frequently overheard nowadays is that young people lack the manners that their parents' generation expects them to have. Although it is true that there is a difference in the generations, I do not believe that it is fair to say that today's youths have bad manners.

In the first place, the fact that young people do not always shake hands merely reflects a move away from the formalities of the past. It does not show lack of respect, but simply the current trend towards more relaxed social interaction. Similarly, the way that we speak to each other is surely a manner of individual choice. Even though we may not greet each other formally, this has nothing to do with manners. Youngsters have simply developed their own courteous greetings.

Further more, I strongly object to the criticism that young people are impolite and show lack of consideration for others. On the contrary, in my experience, most young people have impeccable manners. Naturally, there are always exceptions but this is certainly, no more, true of the younger generation than of anyone else. Even older members of society can be ill-mannered at times.

As far as I am concerned, the complaints about young people today are entirely without foundation. While it cannot be denied that there is a shift in attitudes between the generations, it is not fair to categorise this as rudeness. I suspect that anyone who claims such things has not really tried to speak to the younger generation. If he or she did, I am sure they would find that we are just like everyone else. What is more, though it may be true that the youth of today do not pay as much attention to such details as their predecessors did, it must be said that such details as their predecessors did, it must be said that such customs are a little outdated. In fact, to my mind, they are simply polite formalities which are false and insincere.

To conclude, I think people wrongly associate lack of formality with bad manners. After all, youngsters follow examples set by others, so maybe the world around us has become less formal.
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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 30 October '09

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